The Secret History of the Right to Privacy



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July 25, 2023
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About the Program

Amy Gajda is the Jeffrey D. Forchelli Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and the author of Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy, named one of the New York Times’s 100 most notable books for 2022. Gajda will talk about the history of privacy with a special emphasis on media law from the very beginning of the United States (before Warren & Brandeis and their Harvard Law Review article, there was Adams & Cushing and their worries about privacy protection for “instances of male conduct”) through to today when media-related privacy interests seem robust, even at the Supreme Court.

Meet the Speakers
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Amy Gajda


Professor of Law Brooklyn Law School

rofessor Gajda is a journalist turned lawyer recognized internationally for her expertise in privacy and media law. Much of her scholarship explores the tensions between social regulation of access to information and First Amendment values, particularly the shifting boundaries of press freedoms and rising public anxieties about the erosion of privacy. 

Viking published Professor Gajda’s Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy in 2022 to significant critical acclaim. The New York Times called it “wry and fascinating” and named it as one of the 100 most notable books of the year; the courts of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit chose it as the Circuit’s inaugural “One Court. One Book” summer reading. Harvard University Press published her two earlier books, The First Amendment Bubble and The Trials of Academe. 

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