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Upcoming Events and Future Programming

Civility and Disobedience


    1. Wednesday, September 17, 2014               
      7:30PM     Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

      Scott Lemieux
      St. Rose College

      "From the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Calhoun: The Supreme Court and Voting Rights in Historical Perspective"


      S LemieuxIn 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that an important provision of the Voting Rights Act exceeded the powers of Congress. This talk will explain how the Supreme Court came to believe that a statute that passed with nearly unanimous support of Congress and is explicitly authorized by the 15th Amendment was unconstitutional. I will view Shelby County in the context of other attempts by the Supreme Court to limit the ability of Congress to protect civil rights. I will also discuss how mobilization (often in the fact of state violence) was crucial to the original Voting Rights Act, and the potential for mobilization to mitigate the damage of Shelby County. 


      Lemieux writes about blogging as activism and voting rights. His research interests include public law, constitutional law, comparative law and institutions, and American politics. He has written or co-written articles for Polity, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, the Journal of Supreme Court History, the Maryland Law Review, and the American Journal of Comparative Law, and also contributes regularly to the American Prospect and the Guardian Online.
      Co-sponsored by the Provost's Office and Political Science for Consitution day. 
      Library Resources for Scott Lemieux 


    2. Monday, September 22, 2014                        
      7:30PM      Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

      Molly MaguiresThe Molly Maguires
      Film screening
      A 1970 film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Sean Connery, Richard Harris and Samantha Eggar, The Molly Maguires is based on the historical secret society of 19th century Irish-American coal miners who led a worker’s uprising in Pennsylvania coal country. Some of the film scenes were shot in nearby Jim Thorpe.
      Original trailer for The Molly Maguires 


      Tuesday, September 23, 2014               
      7:30PM   Miller Forum, Moyer Hall

      Erik Loomis
      U. Rhode Island
      "Resistance in the Pennsylvania Coal Country: Past and Present"

      Erik LoomisThis talk will provide a quick history of resistance among the peoples of the Pennsylvania coal fields from the 19th century to the present, focusing on how corporate domination of the area, its people, and its natural resources has shaped residents' responses to the challenges of living in this resource-rich region. From the first coal strikes in the mid 19th century to the protests over fracking and President Obama's so-called "war on coal" today, the need to make a living and the desire to live in a safe and healthy environment has defined responses to the coal companies, making the lack of economic options a century ago and in the present vital to understanding why working people ally themselves with the coal companies who exploit them. 

      Loomis studies U.S. environmental history and labor activism. He is working on the forthcoming book Empire of Timber: Work and Nature in the Pacific Northwest Forests. This visit will include a field trip to tour Pennsylvania coal mine country on Wednesday Sept 24 and will reference the Molly Maguires film screening the previous evening. 

      Wednesday, September 24, 2014 
      11 AM to 3:30 PM

      Mine TourPennsylvania Mine Tour
      It's a Center for Ethics field trip! Join Center for Ethics speaker Erik Loomis for a bus trip and tour of the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland, PA. Lunch will be provided. You can reserve a seat for just $5 with Beth Buechler (Center for the Arts 174) before Friday September 19.


      Civility and Disobedience is directed by Brian Mello, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Christine Sistare, Professor of Philosophy.

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