January 23, 2009
School of Law
January 23, 2009
Wayne Morse Center Presents “Wartime Presidents and the Constitution: From Lincoln to Obama” February 5
The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will host a presentation by University of Texas Law School Scholar Sanford Levinson and Wayne Morse Senior Faculty Fellow Dan Tichenor at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5, in Knight Law Center 175.
Titled “Wartime Presidents and the Constitution: From Lincoln to Obama,” discussion will focus on the power presidents wield during times of war, with particular attention to civil liberties. Professor Tichenor will present an historical overview, while Professor Levinson will discuss present time noting the rise of the “surveillance state” and the choices facing the Obama administration. Both speakers are scholars of executive power, civil liberties, and the impact of the war on terror.
Professor Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School. Previously a member of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, he is also a professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. The author of more than 250 articles and book reviews in professional and popular journals, Levinson is also the author of four books: Constitutional Faith (1988, winner of the Scribes Award); Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (1998); Wrestling With Diversity (2003); and, most recently, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)(2006). In addition, he is a regular participant on the popular blog, Balkinization.
Professor Tichenor is the first faculty fellow at the Wayne Morse Center. He is a scholar of American political thought and history and has published extensively on immigration policy and politics, the American presidency, public policy, organized interests and social movements, and inequality in the United States. Professor Tichenor has held numerous research posts including positions at Princeton University, the Brookings Institute, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He currently is completing a book on presidential power, civil liberties, and democracy in times of crisis for Princeton University Press.