Mark Barenberg: "Are Citizens Silenced In Bethlehem's New Town Square? Labor's Struggle For Free Speech: From Company Towns To Casinos"

Thurdsay, October 11th at 4:00 in Linderman Library, Scheler Family Humanities Forum (Room 200).

Mark Barenberg will explore the history of restrictions on working people's right to free speech in the United States -- and workers' efforts to expand those rights. In this historical context, he will explain the significance of the restrictions imposed by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation on the land transferred to the City of Bethlehem for a "21st - Century Town Square." The deed stipulates that under the blast furnaces at the former Bethlehem Steel site, on publicly owned land developed at taxpayer expense, no "events" may take place "that would be considered offensive to a reasonable casino operator" or that would "permit labor related entities" to "organize" workers. Barenberg will help us understand whether or not the city and private corporations can enter into contracts to control free speech in Bethlehem.

About the speaker:

Mark Barenberg is Professor of Law at Columbia University, where he has taught for twenty-five years and is Co-Director of the Program on Labor Law and Policy. An expert in constitutional and labor law, he has published many articles in the nation's leading law reviews. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, University of Tokyo, Beijing University, European University Institute (Florence), University of Rome and Cologne University and he has lectured at universities and labor institutes around the world. He has served as Director of the Worker Rights Consortium, as an Independent Expert of the UN's International Labor Organization, and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the principal draftsperson of many labor laws at the local, state, national, and international level.

Free parking for this event is available after 3:30 in Alumni Memorial Parking Pavilion. Guests are welcome to use any non-metered space in Alumni Garage. For directions to the Parking Pavilion and Linderman Library:

Cosponsored by Lehigh University South Side Initiative; Humanities Center; Science, Technology & Society Program; and Departments of History, Political Science, Theater, and English.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 - 4:00pm
Linderman Library, Scheler Family Humanities Forum (Room 200)