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Constitution Day Lecture at St. John's Explores the Politics of Defining Obscenity
FOR RELEASE: September 6, 2013
CONTACT: Gregory Shook, 410-626-2539
St. John’s College tutor William Braithwaite will give a lecture titled “Is Obscenity Obsolete?” at St. John’s College. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m.
The lecture will explore the Supreme Court’s efforts to determine a legal definition of the obscene following its 1957 decision that obscenity was not to be within the constitutional protection afforded to political speech under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
Braithwaite received his bachelor of arts from the Virginia Military Institute and his juris doctorate from Washington and Lee University. He was an associate professor of law at Loyola University from 1979 until 1995, when he joined the faculty at St. John’s College.
Upcoming Friday Night Lectures:
September 27 “Knowing and Ground: A Reading of Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Spirit,’” by Matthew Linck, St. John’s College tutor
October 11 “Can Taxes Be Fair? Should They Be?” by William Peirce, professor, Department of Economics, Case Western University
October 18 “In the Wilderness: Moses as Founder and Lawgiver,” by Ronna Burger, professor, Department of Philosophy, Tulane University
October 25 “Aristotle on Friendship and Teaching Philosophy,” by Daniel P. Maher, professor, Department of Philosophy, Assumption College
November 15 “Emancipation Proclamation,” by George Russell, St. John’s College tutor
November 22 “Augustine,” by Michael Brogan, St. John’s College tutor