Director: Nico Perrino, Aaron Reese, Chris Maltby
Runtime: 99 min
Release Date: 2020 (USA)
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

Screening Date(s):

In-Person: Sunday, November 14 at the JCC @ 11 a.m./Live Event/$15

Virtual: Sunday, November 14 @ 6 p.m. – Tuesday, November 16 @ 6 p.m./$15

The Film

Meet Ira Glasser. Baseball lover and civil rights champion, who, as leader of the ACLU for 23 years, took it from a small grassroots operation on the verge of bankruptcy, to the juggernaut it is today. On the occasion of the ACLU’s centennial, we follow Ira as he reflects on his activism, beginning in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in baseball, through to his defense of the right of neo-Nazis to demonstrate in Skokie. Amid today’s high-profile controversies surrounding free speech, racial equality and antisemitism, Glasser’s story is as timely as ever.

Presented in partnership with The Leventhal Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Trailers and More

Q & A with film subject, David A. Goldberger following film with in-person audience

Professor Goldberger, who has argued two times before the U.S. Supreme Court, taught a civil clinic practicum, Constitutional Law, and a course on the First Amendment. He joined Ohio State in 1980, after serving as legal and legislative director of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is the former Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law.

Prior to working at the ACLU, Professor Goldberger was a staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, specializing in law reform legislation. In 1977, Professor Goldberger won his first case before the U.S. Supreme Court: National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie. 

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