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April 30, 2009

Book Release and Signing by Robert Tsai to Take Place May 6

Robert Tsai, associate professor of law at the Washington College of Law at American University, will be reading from and signing his latest work, Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture (Yale University Press) from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Browsing Room of the University of Oregon Knight Library.

In his book, Tsai explains that the guarantees of the First Amendment have become part of a governing culture and nationwide priority. Examining the rhetorical tactics of activists, presidents, and lawyers, he illustrates how committed citizens seek to promote or destabilize a convergence in constitutional ideas. Eloquence and Reason reveals the social and institutional processes through which foundational ideas are generated and defends a cultural role for the courts.

Professor Tsai began his academic career at Oregon Law. During this time he received the law school’s Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award and the university’s Lorry I. Lokey Award for exemplary interdisciplinary scholarship. His papers have twice been selected for the Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum: once in constitutional theory and once in constitutional history.


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