National ACLU president to visit Harrisburg area
Public Relations - Published: March 26, 2012
2012 ACLU President PromoWidener University School of Law will host the president of the American Civil Liberties Union for a series of events, including a World Affairs Council of Harrisburg dinner that is open to the public.

Susan Herman, who in addition to presiding over the nation’s pre-eminent civil rights organization is also a professor at Brooklyn Law School, will visit Harrisburg March 29 and 30. She will speak at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 29 in the reception room of the Widener Law Administration Building, 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg.

The dinner is part of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg’s “Great Female Authors Series.” Herman will discuss her newest book, “The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy.”

Herman was elected president of the ACLU in October 2008 after having served on its national board of directors for 20 years, as a member of the executive committee for 16 years, and as general counsel for 10 years. She has also authored “Terrorism, Government and Law: National Authority and Local Autonomy in the War on Terror.” She holds a chair as Centennial professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, and seminars on law and literature, and terrorism and civil liberties.

The dinner event is open to the public. Tickets are $45 or $35 for World Affairs Council of Harrisburg associates. They are available at

Herman will also spend time speaking with Widener Law students earlier that day in a “Pizza and Policy” program organized by the school. She will address the Widener Law faculty on Friday, March 30 at a luncheon.

“We are pleased Professor Herman will be joining us to discuss her new book and we are grateful for the time she is willing to spend with our students and faculty, in addition to the dinner she will headline for the public,” Widener Law Harrisburg campus Vice Dean Robyn Meadows said. Meadows is also secretary to the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg board. “Her visit should inspire a great deal of stimulating discussion.”