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February 24, 2009

John Frohnmayer ’72 Discusses “The Arts, Politics, and Law” February 26

Oregon Law alumnus John Frohnmayer ’72, will deliver a public talk titled, “The Arts, Politics, and Law” from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in Knight Law Center 110.
 
Frohnmayer’s views on the First Amendment first captured national attention when he served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts during the first Bush Administration. Frohnmayer is the author of the well-reviewed book, Leaving Town Alive, based on his experience at the National Endowment for the Arts during the uproar over Robert Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography. The difficulties of that period led to the 1998 National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley United States Supreme Court decision.
 
A Publisher’s Weekly review of Leaving Town Alive noted:
 
“Frohnmayer entered the fray as a First Amendment moderate. By the time he was fired in February 1992, he had become a free-speech radical. In this cogent, detailed account of his stormy tenure, he eloquently defends the principle of artistic freedom as vital to democracy and warns against ‘cultural terrorists’ who seek to emasculate the NEA with content restrictions.”
 
While a law student, Frohnmayer was editor-in-chief of the Oregon Law Review. He practiced as a trial lawyer in Oregon and Montana, and currently is a professor at Oregon State University and a political commentator.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the law school and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
 
 

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