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How 9-11Shaped Civil Liberties

UCR Forum Looks at How Sept. 11 has Shaped Civil Liberties

(April 30, 2002)

The University of California, Riverside is hosting a free, public forum Wednesday, May 1 that explores how civil liberties and human rights have changed in the U.S. and globally since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m., in Room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building.

The attacks have sparked a wide range of policy and legislation in the U.S. and abroad – such as expanded FBI monitoring of university student files, the use of military tribunals and the mass detention of immigrants from the Middle East. Those actions have generated heated debate on the balance between security and civil liberties.

Three civil rights experts will speak at the forum:

· Daniel Georges-Abeyie is a member of Amnesty International USA’s Post 9-11 National Crisis Response Committee. His other Amnesty International posts include seats on the Multicultural Assessment and Advisory Committee, the National Advisory Committee to the group’s program to abolish the death penalty. He is a California State University, San Jose professor of political geography and the geography of crime, criminal justice and the law, and chair of the African American Studies Department.

· Edina Lekovic is the public relations director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Muslim Women’s League. She is also the managing editor of “Minaret,” a national Muslim news magazine and leading voice for 25 years on issues related to the American Muslim community.

· Ramona Ripston is the 30-year executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, directing its litigation, lobbying and educational programs. She is a visiting professor at UCLA and has written and lectured extensively on civil liberties and security, the police and the Constitution, censorship and the First Amendment, the rights of the accused, poverty, and the rights of women.

The College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences and the Center for Ideas and Society, both at UCR; and the Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine sponsor the event.

Maps and directions to the forum are available at UCR information kiosks at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs $6 per vehicle. Parking for events after 4 p.m. costs $3 per vehicle. For additional details about the event, call the Center for Ideas and Society at (909) 787-3987.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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