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BYU 's David M. Kennedy Center plans lectures

The information revolution in India, the First Amendment and Jorge Luis Borges will be the topics for a trio of lectures at Brigham Young University’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies during the week of March 5.

Admission to the lectures is free, and the public is welcome.

  • Tuesday, March 6: Wajahat Habibullah, India’s chief information commissioner, will discuss “The Information Revolution in India” at 2 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
  • In addition to his current post as commissioner, Habibullah has been a member of the Indian Administrative Service since 1968. He has also served as secretary for the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Textiles and the Department of Consumer Affairs and as a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

    Habibullah has written extensively on the conflicts in Kashmir. His publications include “Kashmiris and the Kashmir Conflict,” “Siege: Hazratbal, Kashmir 1993” and “The Political Economy of the Kashmir Conflict.” The commissioner received his education from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, India.

  • Thursday, March 8: “The New York Times and the First Amendment” will be the focus of a lecture presented by George Freeman, assistant general counsel to the New York Times, at 11 a.m. in B092 Joseph F. Smith Building.
  • Freeman has held his current position since 1992 and is primarily responsible for the company’s litigations. He is also involved in newsroom counseling, antitrust and distribution problems and business counseling involving the newspaper’s news, advertising, circulation and personnel departments.

    Prior to joining the staff of the Times, Freeman worked as an associate at the New York firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He has served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee, the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee and the Access and Newsgathering Subcommittee of the Newspaper Association of America’s Legal Affairs Committee. Since 1998, he has also taught media law courses at New York University.

    Freeman graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and later with a law degree from Harvard Law School.

  • Thursday, March 8: Nicolas Shumway, chair and Tomas Rivera Regents Professor of Spanish-American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “Jorge Luis Borges and God” at 3 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.
  • Shumway earned a doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include Spanish-American literature and intellectual history, specifically 19th-century, modern and 20th-century literature. Shumway’s recent publications include “Hispanism in an Imperfect Past and an Uncertain Future,” featured in “Reading Between the Lines: Perspectives on Foreign Language Literacy,” and “La invención de la Argentina.” All lectures will be archived online. For more information about David M. Kennedy Center events, see the calendar online at kennedy.byu.edu.

    Writer: Lee Simons

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