February 20, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Political essayist Gabriel Schoenfeld and George Freeman ’71, the assistant general counsel at The New York Times, will discuss “Should The New York Times Be Prosecuted under the Espionage Statutes? Or, Does the First Amendment Give the Media an Exception to the Laws?” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Room 201 in the Octagon at Amherst College. One in a series of lectures sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding at Amherst, the talk is free and open to the public.

The author of The Return of Anti-Semitism (2004), which Publishers’ Weekly praised for its “pungent, well-written, argumentative analysis,” Schoenfeld has written on world affairs for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New Republic and other publications, including Commentary magazine, where he is the senior editor.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Freeman is an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches media law. He has taught at the University of Miami Law School and served as assistant to the dean at Vermont Law School. As assistant general counsel of the Times since 1992, Freeman has been involved in newsroom counseling, antitrust and distribution problems, employment relations and business counseling involving all divisions of the Times. Currently chair of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee and past chair of the ABA’s Forum on Communication Law, Freeman has also chaired the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee and is a frequent lecturer on First Amendment issues.