UMass Dartmouth Constitution Forum Oct. 6

UMass Dartmouth will host a forum entitled "Peering Back and Looking Forward in 2005" in observance of Constitution Day.

The College of Arts and Sciences will hold an observance of the U.S. Constitution this Thursday. Entitled “Peering Back and Looking Forward in 2005,” the forum will feature distinguished faculty from UMass Dartmouth and peers from Roger Williams University and SUNY-Albany. 

The forum will be held in the Library Browsing Area and begin at 3:30 p.m. A panel discussion will be followed at 5:15 p.m. by the showing of the film, The Empire of Reason. 

The forum, which was originally slated for Sept. 22 to celebrate Constitution Day, was rescheduled this Thursday due to a power outage. 

Panel participants include: 

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. 

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