While freedom of speech has been guaranteed us for centuries, the First Amendment as we know it today is largely a creation of the past 80 years. "Eternally Vigilant" brings together a group of distinguished legal scholars to reflect boldly on its past, its present shape, and what forms our understanding of it might take in the future. The result is a unique volume spanning the entire spectrum of First Amendment issues, from its philosophical underpinnings to specific issues like campaign regulation, obscenity and the new media.
Lee C. Bollinger is the president of Columbia University. He is the author of The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist Speech in America and Images of a Free Press, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press. Geoffrey R. Stone is the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He is the coauthor of The First Amendment and coeditor of the annual Supreme Court Review.