The political science department will present its annual Constitution Day Lecture on Tuesday, September 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in Dundon-Berchtold room 004. Professor Nick Buccola of the Linfield College political science department will give a talk about Frederick Douglass’s constitutional theory. Frederick Douglass, of course, is the 19th century American statesman and political thinker who escaped slavery to become a key abolitionist and proponent of racial justice. Buccola is the author of The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass and of a new book, The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America. He is also the director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield.
The political science department now offers a minor in Constitutional Studies, according to department chair Bill Curtis. The Constitutional Studies minor is an interdisciplinary liberal arts course of study that seeks to introduce students to U.S. constitutional law and its historical, political, and philosophical roots. It provides students who are considering going to law school with a foundational experience in thinking about, writing about, and discussing the law. It further provides something that all University of Portland students should be interested in: knowledge of the U.S. government’s foundational document that will enable them to become more effective and engaged democratic citizens.
United States Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) will address University of Portland students, faculty and staff during an open conversation on Thursday, September 5 from 10-11:15 a.m. in the Brian J. Doyle Auditorium/Dundon-Berchtold Hall (Room 004). Senator Leahy is a friend of UP and the Holy Cross community; and is the brother-in-law of the late UP political science professor Fr. Claude Pomerleau, C.S.C. First taking office in 1975 and currently the longest-serving member of the Senate, Senator Leahy will address his career in public service and today’s political environment. Following his remarks, Senator Leahy will take questions from the audience. The event is open to the UP community.
William Chafe, emeritus professor of history at Duke University, presents this year’s Mazzocco Lecture on Distributive Justice on Monday, February 4, at 7:15 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. In his talk, “The Black Struggle for Freedom: What Black Protest Has Achieved, Yet How Much Remains to Be Done,” Chafe will shine a light on how racism remains a powerful force in American society today, even though a great many Americans refuse to admit it.
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Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, political science, will join a group of more than 40 United Nations Global Fellows from 33 countries who are being featured at a Global Summit at the UN and recognized for their work in their communities on Saturday, September 22. Golesorkhi will be attending the event at the UN that day, but her colleague Anne Santiago, political science, will oversee a livestream for students, faculty, and staff to watch that day from 9 t0 11 a.m. in Franz Hall room 120. All are welcome to attend and learn more about Golesorkhi’s work helping Muslim women refugees in Europe.
In 2016 Golesorkhi founded a non-profit in her native Germany to help refugee Muslim women enter the workforce and to fight discrimination by potential employers. The questions about whether women can wear hijabs or other types of veils has been a contentious one in Germany. Golesorkhi’s NGO, which is all-volunteer operated, educates women refugees in basic job search skills, from creating a resume to job interview skills. They also do workshops on diversity for employers and awareness campaigns for the general public.
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The 2018 Mazzocco Lecture in Distributive Justice will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 5 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. This year’s speaker will be Robert S. Chang, professor of law & executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law. His lecture is titled “Law’s Distributive Force.”
Chang won the 2018 M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers, and is the author of Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law and the Nation-State (1999) and co-editor of an original collection of articles, Minority Relations: Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation (with Greg Robinson 2017). He served as co-counsel representing high school students in Tucson who challenged the constitutionality of an Arizona statute that resulted in the termination of the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District. The Korematsu Center has been active filing amicus briefs in the Muslim travel ban cases and the rescission of DACA cases. Students from his Civil Rights Clinic have assisted on these and other cases.
The Mazzocoo Lecture is an annual lecture made possible by a gift to the University to honor the memory William James Mazzocco ’37, and is presented by the political science department. This year, additional funding has been provided by the John Templeton Foundation though a grant from the Institute of Humane Studies.
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The 2017 Constitution Day presentation will take place on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Franz Hall room 120. Bill Curtis, political science, will be speaking about significant constitutional cases that are up for consideration by the Supreme Court. The title will be “Travel Bans, Cell Phone Searches, and Wedding Cakes: The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Cases.” All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. For more information contact political science at x7274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, September 13, the Department of Political Science will conduct a presentation in honor of Constitution Day, titled “Is the System Fair? Perspectives on the American Electoral System,” in St. Mary’s Lounge at 7 p.m. This presentation will discuss the constitutional foundation of the electoral system in the United States and then consider the implications of that system in today’s world.
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The Department of Political Science will present a lecture by Marius Laurinavicius, titled “Putin’s goals and actions: surprise to the Western World,” on Wednesday, March 2, from 9:15-10:10 a.m., in Franz Hall Room 111. The lecture is free and open to all.
Laurinavicius is a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) security research scholar currently in residence at the Center for European Policy Analysis. He is one of the leading Russia experts in Lithuania and has received several awards for his contributions to Lithuanian foreign policy. At CEPA, he contributes to the Baltic Sea Security Initiative and Information War Program. Before assuming his fellowship, Laurinavicius was a senior analyst for the Vilnius-based Eastern Europe Studies Centre, as well as foreign editor and deputy editor-in-chief for the largest Lithuanian daily newspaper, Lietuvos Rytas. Laurinavicius holds a master’s degree from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University.
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University of Notre Dame political science professor Christina Wolbrecht will present the 2016 William J. Mazzocco Lecture in Distributive Justice on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in Shiley Hall Room 301. Her talk is free and open to all.
Wolbrecht is associate professor and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change, which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA, and co-editor (with Rodney E. Hero) of The Politics of Democratic Inclusion and (with Karen Beckwith and Lisa Baldez) of Political Women and American Democracy.
The William J. Mazzocco Lecture in Distributive Justice was established in 2006 to honor 1937 UP alumnus Bill Mazzocco, who had a long, distinguished career in military intelligence with various World War II assignments at diplomatic posts, and made significant contributions to the Marshall Plan. He credited his years at UP with giving him a solid moral foundation that guided his steadfast belief in the principles of equitable and fair distribution of wealth.
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