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William F. Buckley Sues Hunter College

Dec. 22, 1961 - Hunter College’s refusal to permit programs sponsored by William F. Buckley Jr. (pictured), editor of The National Review, in its auditorium was defended and attacked in New York Supreme Court today. Mr. Buckley and William A. Rusher, publisher of The National Review, have brought an action seeking to order the college to renew a contract for the use of the auditorium. For several years, The Review has sponsored speeches or symposiums in the Hunter College assembly hall. In June, Mr. Buckley was informed that The Review could no longer rent the hall. The National Review is a weekly magazine identified with a strongly conservative point of view. In a brief submitted by lawyers for the New York Civil Liberties Union, Mr. Buckley declared that Hunter’s policy constituted a “poorly disguised attempt to require orthodoxy of opinion as a requirement for obtaining the privilege of use of the school’s facilities.” He said the policy violated constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and permitted “pre-censorship.”

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