Constitution dialogues at UMass Dartmouth and Southern New England School of Law on Sept. 22

Focus on First Amendment, anonymous sources, the judiciary and more with top scholars, and media members

UMass Dartmouth will participate in two major Constitution Day dialogues on Thursday. 

The first will be a wide-ranging discussion of Americans’ collective relationship with the Constitution, featuring faculty from UMass Dartmouth, Roger Williams University and SUNY-Albany to be held at the UMass Dartmouth Library beginning at 3:15 p.m. 

The second will focus on the First Amendment and the press’ use of anonymous sources to be held at the Southern New England School of Law and featuring the editor of the Standard-Times newspaper of New Bedford, the ombudsman from the Boston Globe, a federal prosecutor, and a Southern New England Law professor. This event is being presented at the law school beginning at 5 p.m. 

The details are as follows: 

The U.S. Constitution: Peering Back and Looking Forward in 2005 

Sept. 22 
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Library 
Library Browsing Area 
3:15 pm Refreshments 
3:30 - 5 pm Panel discussion; Introduction by Provost Louis Esposito 
5 - 5:15 pm Break and refreshments 
5:15 - 6:15 pm Film: The Empire of Reason introduced by Len Travers 

Panel Participants: 

Carl T. Bogus (J.D. Syracuse University) is Professor of Law at Roger Williams University. He is the author of the book Why Lawsuits are Good for America (NYU Press) and the editor of The Second Amendment in Law and History (New Press). His work has appeared in leading professional journals including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Southern California Law Review, and Texas Law Review as well as in popular venues such as the USA Today, The Nation, and The American Prospect. 

Kenneth L. Manning (Ph.D. University of Houston) is Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Dartmouth. He is coauthor of the book Judicial Process in America (CQ Press). His work has been published in numerous venues, and he has most recently presented a paper on the judicial-decision making Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, and he coauthored a forthcoming article in the American Journal of Political Science entitled “Taking It to the Next Level: The Elevation of District Court Judges to the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” 

Len Travers (Ph.D. Boston University) is Association Professor of History at UMass Dartmouth. An expert in colonial and revolutionary America, early American history, and New England history, he is author of the book Celebrating the Fourth: Independence Day and the Rites of Nationalism in the Early Republic (University of Massachusetts Press). Travers is also editor of a forthcoming encyclopedia by Greenwood Press on American holidays and festive days. 

Stephen L. Wasby (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at SUNY Albany and a Visiting Scholar at UMass Dartmouth. Editor-in-Chief of Justice System Journal, Wasby is author of numerous articles and several books, including The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System and Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity. He was Russell Sage Post-Doctoral Resident in Law and Social Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directed the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Science Program. 

The Press And Anonymous Sources 

Sept. 22, 2005, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
Moot Court Room 
Southern New England School of Law 
333 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth. 

For more information, call 508.998.9600. 

TOPIC: The panel will tackle the ethical and legal issues and trends surrounding the use of anonymous sources to report news in a democracy, an issue that has made national headlines in recent months with controversies surrounding White House aide Karl Rove and the identification of Watergate source Mark Felt. 

The panelists will include: 

Bob Unger, Editor, New Bedford Standard-Times 

Richard Chacon, Ombudsman, Boston Globe 

Anthony C. DiGioia, Asst. U.S. Attorney, Rhode Island 

Frances Rudko, Professor, Southern New England School of Law 

Faculty, students, and staff from the two institutions are welcome to attend. 

Refreshments will be served. 

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