October 30, 2007

Award-winning author Ted Gup to discuss "secrecy and national security" at law school on October 30, 2007

Speech is first event for Institute for Global Security Law and Policy under new director

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Ted Gup, award-winning author of Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (Doubleday 2007), will consider critical questions about national security in his talk at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Tuesday, October 30. Presented by the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, the free talk will be held at the School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., in the Moot Courtroom (A59) at 4:30 p.m.

"As a journalist with 25 years of experience, who has written extensively on issues of national security, Ted Gup has a deep understanding of the problem of balancing privacy and security with our need to know how those in positions of authority exercise power," said Robert Strassfeld, newly appointed director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, an affiliate of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at the School of Law. "Professor Gup has written a compelling book in which he shows that often the urge for secrecy makes us less safe, not more."

Gup, the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism at Case Western Reserve, will discuss how the explosion of government secrets since 9/11 has affected the flow of vital information and why so many of the intelligence lessons from the terrorist attack have gone unheeded.

Gup also authored The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA (Doubleday), which was named Book of the Year by Investigative Reporters and Editors, was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lucas Book Prize and was a selection of the Book of the Month Club and History Book Club.

A former staff writer for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, Gup also has written for numerous major newspapers and national magazines. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer in national reporting and recipient of the George Polk Award, the Worth Bingham Prize and the Gerald Loeb Award. He was recently inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame.

Lecture is first event for the Institute under Strassfeld

Beginning with Gup's talk, the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy has a wide variety of lectures, symposia and events scheduled for the 2007-2008 academic year

Strassfeld, who has written extensively on the legal history of the Vietnam War and on questions of loyalty and dissent during wartime, the rights of military dissenters, congressional and executive war powers, military justice and extraordinary rendition and torture, was recently appointed director of the Institute.

"I am delighted that Professor Strassfeld has agreed to become director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy," said Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. "Professor Strassfeld has been on the faculty since 1988 and comes to the position with expertise in both global security issues and civil liberties. He promises to bring a special and important perspective to the work of the Institute."

Strassfeld's articles have appeared in the North Carolina and Wisconsin Law Reviews, the Duke Law Journal and the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. He is currently writing an article entitled "How to Stop a War." He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Prior to teaching law, he clerked for Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and then practiced in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Shea & Gardner. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Chapter of the ACLU.

Established in 2005, the Institute provides innovative programs, research, teaching, and service on issues related to security, counter-terrorism, and civil liberties. It hosts symposia and a distinguished speaker's series, offers a series of specialized courses and labs, and undertakes research projects for the U.S. Congress, Department of Defense, and Coast Guard, as well as international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

To learn more about the lecture, call 216-368-3304 or visit http://law.case.edu/lectures. The lecture will be webcast live and available for viewing on demand after the event at http://law.case.edu/lectures.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, October 30, 2007 09:13 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, School of Law

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