The 2005 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was given to Geoffrey Stone for Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism and Jim Wooten for We Are All the Same. In Perilous Times, Stone examines the ways that the First Amendment has been curtailed during wartime throughout American history. Wooten’s We Are All the Same puts a human face on the African AIDS epidemic through the story of one South African child and his mother.
Geoffrey R. Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Stone joined the UChicago faculty in 1973 after serving as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He later served as Dean of the University of Chicago Law School from 1987 to 1994 and Provost of the University of Chicago from 1994 to 2002. Stone is the author of many books on constitutional law and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the America Law Institute, the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
Jim Wooten spent more than 40 years as a national and foreign correspondent. He served as ABC News’ Senior Correspondent, contributing to World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, and other ABC News broadcasts. In 1994, his reports from Rwanda and Zaire for World News Tonight and Nightline won the Overseas Press Club Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Joe Alex Morris Award from Harvard University for distinguished foreign reporting. Before joining ABC News, Wooten had been on the staff of Esquire magazine; written a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and served as a bureau chief, national correspondent, and White House correspondent for The New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C.