March 24, 2009


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Student Lectureship Committee at Bucknell University will host "Heads vs. Feds: The Debate to Legalize Marijuana" with Steve Hager and Robert Stutman on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

James Peterson, assistant professor of English, will moderate the debate between Steve Hager, the long-time editor of High Times magazine, and Drug Enforcement Agency veteran Robert Stutman, who also will take questions from the audience.

Doors open at 6:15 for Bucknell ID holders; any remaining seats will be released to the public at 6:45 p.m.

Steve Hager
A former reporter for The New York Daily News and editor of High Times magazine for more than 16 years, Hager has written four books: Hip Hop, the first history of rap music, break dancing and graffiti; Art After Midnight, a history of the East Village art scene of the 1980s; Adventures in the Counterculture, a collection of his High Times journalism; and his most recent, The Octopus Conspiracy, which contains everything in his previous three books, as well as Hager's history of secret societies.

For the last five years, Hager has been a documentary filmmaker who writes, directs, shoots and edits his own features, including "Heads versus Feds DVD." He is also the creator of The Cannabis Cup, held every year in Amsterdam during Thanksgiving week. Editor-at-large of High Times magazine, he contributes a monthly column, "Counterculture Chronicles," to the magazine.

Robert Stutman
A street agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency from 1965 to 1990, Stutman has been credited with emphasizing the role of prevention activities in drug law enforcement. William F. Buckley credited him with "single-handedly changing the policy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration." During Stutman's years with the DEA he was referred to as "one of our nation's heroes" (Dan Rather‐ CBS News), and "the most famous narc in America" (New York magazine).

A special consultant on substance abuse for both CBS and PBS, he has appeared regularly on "60 Minutes," "48 Hours," "Firing Line," "The Ted Koppel Show," "Today," "Good Morning America" and "Phil Donahue." He was featured in the award-winning PBS Frontline documentary, "The Drug Wars."

His best-selling autobiography, Dead on Delivery, was published by Warner Books. Stutman, who has given about 100 speeches a year over the past 15 years, has been named Speaker of the Year by the Young Presidents Organization.

Contact: Division of Communications

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