BUFFALO, N.Y. – Civil liberties activist Marjorie Heins
will appear at the University at Buffalo on March 25 to discuss her
latest book, which details a Supreme Court decision that made it
unlawful for states to discriminate against Communist Party
The book, called “Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme
Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge,”
examines the right to academic freedom and events leading up to the
court’s 1967 decision in Keyishian v. Board of Regents.
In the early 1950s, teachers and professors were the targets of
investigations into their political beliefs and associations, and
this landmark decision held that states cannot prohibit employees
from being members of the Communist party, ending an era of
political repression and heresy hunts.
Heins, who used collections in the University Archives to
conduct research for the book, will be joined by former UB
professor Newton Garver, one of the original plaintiffs, and
Richard Lipsitz, the lawyer who handled the case.
The event, at 509 O’Brian Hall on UB’s North Campus
on March 25, is co-sponsored by University Archives and the Baldy
Center for Law & Social Policy. There will be food served at
noon followed by a discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
For more information, contact: Nancy Nuzzo, director of
the music library and special collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716)