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Gerald Leonard on Jefferson’s Constitutions

LeonardProfilePicGerald F. Leonard, Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, will speak about Thomas Jefferson’s pivotal role in altering the operative meaning of the Constitution between 1787 and the Jacksonian ascendancy of the late 1820s and 1830s. To explain this aspect of Jefferson’s career, Professor Leonard will elucidate Jefferson’s constitutional thought across a half century of constitutional development. The essential themes are democratization and its relation to the rule of law, the emergence of party federalism (states’ rights), and slavery. The accompanying paper is available from radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

An informal reception will follow. This is the third of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Tuesday, March 24 – Today
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002

Gary Lawson on the Decision of 1803

unnamedGary Lawson, a professor at the Boston University School of Law, will speak on whether the United States has gotten too big for its Constitution, whether this massive size contributes to political disfunction, and what might be done to remedy the problem if it is indeed a problem.

Contact radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for the accompanying paper, “One (?) Nation Over-Extended.”

An informal reception will follow. This is the second of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Wednesday, March 4 (today!)
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002

Jason Sorens on Federalism and Secession

Jason Sorens, a lecturer in Government at Dartmouth College, will speak on the consequences of policy choices made in response to secessionist movements, as well as the normative principles that governments and secessionists ought to respect. Contact radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for copies of Sorens’s recent paper, “Legal Regimes for Secession: Applying Moral Theory and Empirical Findings.”

An informal reception will follow. This is the first of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
Cost: Free!

Crisis in the Middle East

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From Jennifer Enxuto at the Center for the Study of Public Life:

A panel discussion on recent developments in the Middle East: Why have the hopes of the Arab Spring reached the current impasse, and what can be done to avoid further violence?

Date: Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Place: Pac 001
Cost: Free

More information about the panelists below.

Guns and Gun Violence: Crisis, Policy and Politics

Professor Jennifer Tucker cordially invites you to check out this nifty, poignantly piquant panel happening Wednesday night:

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 6 at 7:30 PM, the Allbritton Center of Study of Public Life will host a panel and public discussion, “Guns and Gun Violence: Crisis, Policy and Politics” in the CFA Hall on the Wesleyan campus.   We hope that our Center, here in central CT, could be used to put a spotlight on the rich scholarship on guns and gun violence and the need for public debate informed by research from different domains, including the social sciences, public policy and public health.

The panel will be chaired by Leah Wright, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Wesleyan.  Following the presentations, the audience discussion will be moderated by John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and host of “Where We Live.”

The three panelists for this event include:

CSPL Screens Lincoln, Taps Professors Eudell and Lim for Discussion

Professor Jennifer Tucker, acting as the interim director of the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL), has arranged a free screening of the new Spielberg film, Lincoln, for this coming Thursday evening to kick things off for the CSPL. If that wasn’t awesome enough, Professor Demetrius Eudell (History and African American Studies) and Professor Elvin Lim (Government) will run a Q&A after the screening on the CSPL’s theme,Lincoln: Politics in the Public Eye.

The screening is set to start at 7:30PM this Thursday, December 6th, at our local Middletown theater in Metro Square. There are only 200 seats available, so go to the Box Office in Usdan now, like, right now, seriously, right now, to get a ticket.

Date: Thursday December 6th
Time: 7:30PM – 10:30PM
Place: Metro Movies 12 (theater in Metro Square off Main Street)
Cost: FREE……EEEEEDOM! No but seriously it’s free.

New CSPL (Center for the Study of Public Life) Courses for Next Semester

Still looking for that perfect class? CSPL, the acronym that brought you Dar Williams, is happy to announce the addition of four classes for next semester:

CSPL 201: Foundations of Civic Engagement (Prof. Donald Moon)

CSPL 220: Photography and Social Movements (Prof. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak)

CSPL 340: Entrepreneurs and Innovations in Public Education, From a “Nation at Risk” to “Race to the Top” (Jonathan Gyurko and Deborah Meier)

CSPL 350: All The News That’s Fit to Post: Issues for Content Creators in the New Global News World (Stephen Fuzesi)

For details, go to the CSPL link under “Interdisciplinary Programs” in Wesmaps, or contact the instructor for more information.

Happy Wesmapping!

Dar Williams ’89 to Teach CSPL Course in the Fall

If you’ve browsed through WesMaps recently, perhaps you noticed an exciting new addition to our illustrious faculty—folk singer and Wes alum Dar Williams ’89! She’s teaching a course for the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) called Music Movements in a Capital Democracy.” The course, currently open to junior and senior non-majors (Wednesdays 1:10-4), is described as follows: