Constitution Day 2012


Contributed by MaryAnn Taylor

In celebration of Constitution Day 2012, Ithaca College will host a special event on Thursday, September 27, to address how the First Amendment influences political dynamics concerning dissent in cyberspace. 


Wikileaks, Bradley Manning and the First Amendment
Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights

Thursday, September 27
Park Auditorium

Shayana Kadidal is senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In his eight years at the Center, he has worked on a number of significant cases in the wake of 9/11, including the Center's challenges to the detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay (among them torture victim Mohammed al Qahtani and former CIA ghost detainee Majid Khan), which have twice reached the Supreme Court, and several cases arising out of the post-9/11 domestic immigration sweeps. He is also counsel in CCR's legal challenges to the "material support" statute (decided by the Supreme Court last term), to the low rates of black firefighter hiring in New York City, and to the NSA's warrantless surveillance program.

More information about the event and the speaker can be found at:

This event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Constitution Day is an annual observance that commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. More information and events can be found on the Constitution Day website of the National Constitution Center.

This special event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Politics Department, Legal Studies program, and the Park Center for Independent Media. If you are a teacher or professor, please consider including this event in your curriculum.

For additional information, contact Beth Harris,, (607) 274-3517.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact MaryAnn Taylor at or (607) 274-3113. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.