ACLU lawyer to speak at GCC at noon on Nov. 20

GREENFIELD — A civil liberties lawyer will be the 12th annual Henry Steele Commager Lecture speaker, at Greenfield Community College on Nov. 20.

The speaker is William C. Newman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Newman has practiced law since the mid 1970s, focusing on protecting the rights of workers and union members, the injured, the criminally accused, and those whose civil rights and civil liberties have been abridged or denied.

Newman has served as the director of the Western Regional Law Office of the American Civil Liberties Union since 1987.

The lecture begins at noon in the Stinchfield Lecture Hall on the main campus off Colrain Road.

The Commager Lecture series commemorates Henry Steele Commager, one of the country’s pre-eminent historians and a long-time professor at Amherst College, and focuses on themes of democracy, civil liberties and civil rights.

Commager was a strong supporter of community colleges and donated many of his books to GCC.

For more information about the Henry Steele Commager Lecture Series, contact Regina Curtis, Greenfield Community College Foundation, at 413-775-1426 or

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