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24th ANNUAL MARKS LECTURE   Updated: 10/01/2004

Jeffrey Rosen Please join us for the …

Thursday, March 4, 2004
10:00 a.m. in the Ares Auditorium (Room 146) of the College of Law

Topic: “The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America”
Speaker: JEFFREY ROSEN, author of The Unwanted Gaze and
Legal Affairs Editor of The New Republic

Legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen combines discussion of current events – from Kenneth Starr’s tapes to DoubleClick’s on-line profiles – with innovative legal and cultural analysis to offer a powerful challenge to be aware and active in the face of new threats to privacy in the twenty-first century.

Privacy is important, Rosen argues, because it protects people from being judged out of context in a world of short attention spans, a world in which isolated bits of intimate information can be confused with genuine knowledge. A bit of information divulged among friends or for a specific purpose can take on a life of its own, yet the whole person may be very, very different from what the isolated bit hints at. Rosen also examines the expansion of sexual-harassment law that has given employers an incentive to monitor e-mail, Internet browsing habits, and office romances.

Jeffrey Rosen is an associate professor at the George Washington University Law School and legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He is a graduate of Harvard College; Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School. His essays and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.


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