Lawrence Lessig to speak at Amato Center on Sept. 28

MILFORD – Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor who has drawn national attention for campaigns in such areas as copyright reform and state-based activism, will speak in Milford on Sept. 28 about campaign finance reform, presenting his argument that the current system is responsible for many of the problems with American government.

Lessig detailed this argument in a new book “USA is Lesterland,” which is built around the fact that the large majority of campaign donations to political candidates come from a tiny percentage of citizens, approximately equal to the number of people named “Lester” in the country.

The talk will be held at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts at 56 Mont Vernon Road, on Sept. 28. It is sponsored by the Wadleigh Memorial Library.

The talk will be free and open to all, but there are no tickets or RSVPs and the theater only seats about 400 people, so early arrival is important.

Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers and NH Rebellion, networks of activists fighting what they say is government corruption. He has written a number of books.

His awards include the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and being named one of Scientific American‘s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.