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ACLU executive director to speak about rights and liberties in Montana April 14 at MSU

March 29, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak about rights and liberties in Montana during a visit to Montana State University. Romero’s lecture will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Reid Hall room 108. Photo courtesy of the ACLU.

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BOZEMAN — Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak about rights and liberties in Montana during a visit to Montana State University. Romero’s lecture will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Reid Hall room 108.

Sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU and the ACLU of Montana, the lecture is open to the public. The event is free, but tickets are required, and space is limited. Tickets may be reserved by visiting http://msu-aclu.eventbrite.com.

Romero took the helm of the ACLU in Sept. 2011, just days before the attacks of Sept. 11. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched a national campaign, “Keep America Safe and Free,” to protect basic freedoms during a time of crisis. As head of the ACLU, Romero has been opposed to several government policies related to the “War on Terror,” including the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program. 

Romero led the ACLU in establishing the John Adams Project, a joint effort with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to assist military defense lawyers in the Guantánamo military commissions. Romero has also led the ACLU in a legal challenge to the patents held by a private company on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, in a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s anti-immigrant law and other cases.

Romero has spoken and written about a range of topics, including privacy, the future of the Patriot Act, free speech, the legal status of Edward Snowden and campaign finance.

Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs.

For nearly 40 years, the Burton K. Wheeler Center has worked to provide high-quality opportunities for Montanans to explore and engage in discussions of important policy topics. Previous Wheeler Center lectures have featured Sally Jewell, John Snow, Lynn Cheney, Lawton Childs and Brian Schweitzer.

Contact: Burton K. Wheeler Center, wheelercenter@montana.edu