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Nadine Strossen    

Professor of Law; President, American Civil Liberties Union (1991-2008)

Nadine Strossen has written, lectured, and practiced extensively in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international human rights. From 1991 through 2008 she served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen retains leadership positions with the ACLU as a member of the National Advisory Council and as Co-Chair of the ACLU’s Campaign for the Future.

In 2005, Professor Strossen was honored by the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Tulsa Law Review, which made her scholarly work the subject of their Fifth Annual Legal Scholarship Symposium titled “Nadine Strossen: Scholar as Activist.” The National Law Journal has twice named Professor Strossen one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”; in 1999, Ladies’ Home Journal included her in “America’s 100 Most Important Women”; and in 1998,
Vanity Fair Magazine included Professor Strossen in “America’s 200 Most Influential Women.” In 1986, Professor Strossen became one of the first three women to receive the U.S. Jaycees’ “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” Award; she was also the first American woman to win the Jaycees International’s “The Outstanding Young Persons of the World” Award. Other awards include: the “Women of Distinction” award from the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the Media Institute’s “Freedom of Speech Award,” the Free Speech Coalition’s “Freedom Isn’t Free Award,” and the National Council of Jewish Women’s “Women Who Dared Award” among many others. Professor Strossen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Since becoming ACLU President, Professor Strossen has made more than 200 public presentations per year before diverse audiences, including on more than 500 campuses and in many foreign countries. She comments frequently on legal issues in the national media, having appeared on virtually every national news program. She has been a monthly columnist for two Web-zines and a weekly commentator on the Talk America Radio Network. In October 2001, Professor Strossen made her professional theater debut as the guest star in Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, during a week-long run at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.

In 2018 she published her book "Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship". It was selected by Washington University as its 2019 “Common Read” for all incoming students.


Nadine Strossen- Lindenwood University Speaker Series

Law professor and former ACLU President, Nadine Strossen, will be giving a lecture titled "Surveillance Society and the Threat to Our Civil Rights," as part of the ...

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