Freedom of Information Law is subject of Thursday Alfred University presentation

The state Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and how it can be used in research will be the subject of a noontime lecture tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, at Alfred University.

Ted Forsythe, a university alumnus and an adjunct professor of criminal studies, will discuss The Power of FOIL: Using NYS’s Freedom of Information Law as a (Criminal Justice) Research Tool during an in-person and online Bergren Forum presentation.

The weekly Forum is sponsored by the Division of Human Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is held on different subjects in-person from 12:10PM to 1PM Thursdays in Nevins Theatre, Powell Campus Center.

The speaker will explore how FOIL can be used to gather data around different research interests, including economics, politics, criminal justice issues, and health data.

After exploring some of his current work, he will conclude with tips for those interested in pursuing use of the law as a research tool.

Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch, with coffee and tea being provided.

A Zoom link for online participation is available at

Further information on the weekly series is available from Marilyn Saxton at
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