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World-Renowned German Author, Jurist And Law Professor To Speak About “Freedom Of Speech: The American And German Perspectives”

December 2, 2005 -- Bernhard Schlink, German judge, Humboldt University law professor and author of six novels, including the internationally acclaimed “The Reader,” will give two talks at U.Va.The featured presentation, about German versus American perspectives on freedom of speech, is on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5pm. 

His novel “The Reader” is about a young German man who must confront the Nazi past, and has been described by the New York Times as “arresting, philosophically elegant [and] morally complex.”  The novel explores fundamental issues of personal integrity, ethics and public life. An international bestseller, “The Reader” was translated into 23 languages and selected in 1999 for Oprah’s Book Club.

                 

WHEN:           Presentation 1

WHERE:          “Freedom of Speech: The American and German Perspectives”

                         Monday, Dec. 5  - 5 p.m.

Caplin Pavilion, U.Va. School of Law, with reception to follow

Presentation 2

The Reader                

Tues., Dec. 6, 2005 – 8:30 a.m.

Commonwealth Room, Newcomb Hall

McCormick Road

Schlink is a professor of public law and legal philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin, and he sits on the Constitutional Law Court for the State of Nordrheim-Westfalen Munster. He is a visiting professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York. He has written several books on constitutional law, fundamental rights and the issue of separation of powers.

Schlink’s presentations are co-sponsored by the University’s Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life; the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Humanities Initiative; the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures; and the Center for Humanism in Medicine.

Contact: Mary Carlson, (434) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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