OUR ANNUAL BLOOMSDAY CELEBRATION AND JOHN QUINN MEMORIAL ADDRESS
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Inaugurated in 2009, our Bloomsday event is a unique celebration of James Joyce’s masterwork, and his contribution to First Amendment jurisprudence in the United States.
Bloomsday – June 16, 1904 – is the day when the events of Ulysses unfold, but less well-known is the key role the book has played in the development of obscenity law in the United States. Smuggled into the country for a decade, it was the subject of a famous ruling by Southern District of New York Judge John Woolsey in 1933 that green-lighted the book’s publication while also delivering a resounding affirmation of literary free expression.
The centerpiece of our celebration is the John Quinn Memorial Address, named after the prominent Irish-American lawyer who represented the publishers of the Little Review pro bono in their obscenity trial in 1921 arising out of their publication of chapters of Ulysses. Click here to read more about our prior celebrations and the First Amendment advocates they featured.
This year's event
This year, we are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is David McCraw, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the New York Times, who will deliver a talk in the celebratory spirit of the day entitled: “Two Facts Walked into a Bar…Truly True Tales of Fake News and the First Amendment in the Age of Twitter.”
We are also grateful to the U.S. Parks Department, which has permitted us to present the event for the first time at Federal Hall, site of George Washington’s inauguration, and one of the storied homes of the First Amendment. It will be bookended with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, and will also feature an exhibit entitled “A Twitterized Tribute to Banned Books." Park Rangers will graciously be present to give tours of this historic building during the pre- and post-receptions.
A special thanks to the Consulate General of Ireland for co-sponsoring the event.
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