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The 24th Annual Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture

Thursday, March 4, 2004, 10:00 a.m.

Topic: “The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America”

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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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.

About the Annual Marks Lecture

The Marks Memorial Lectures were established in 1979 to enrich the curriculum of the College of Law by bringing to it the scholarship and learning of eminent persons in various fields of law. The Lectures are held annually and published under the auspices of The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

The College of Law is grateful to the late Judge Jack Marks and his wife, Selma Skora Paul, a 1956 graduate of The University of Arizona College of Law, for their generous support in endowing the lecture series in memory of his father, Isaac Marks.

Judge Jack Marks graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1935 and practiced law in New York and Arizona. He was appointed Pima County’s first Superior Court Commissioner serving until 1965 when he became a judge. He retired from that position in 1980 having served, with distinction, the State of Arizona. Judge Marks died in 1983.


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