Colloquium on the American Founding Events

This Spring The Colloquium was held April 3 & 4, 2009. You can listen to the talks below that are underlined simply by moving your mouse over them and clicking.

Talks & Speakers for the Colloquium

“Climate Change:  Science or New World Religion?”

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Date: Friday, April 3

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Description: Mr. Happer currently holds the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Chair of Physics at Princeton University. He served as the director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy from 1990 to 1993 under the Clinton Administration. Dr. Happer has published over 200 scientific papers, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Location: Cole Assembly Room

Converse Hall

“The Totalitarian Temptation in the Age of Islamic Extremism”

Date: Friday, April 3

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Description: Mr. Stephens writes the Journal's "Global View" column on foreign affairs, which runs every Tuesday in the U.S. and is also published in the European and Asian editions of the paper. He is a member of the Journal's editorial board, and has previously worked for the paper as an assistant editorial features (op-ed) editor in New York and as an editorial writer in Brussels for The Wall Street Journal Europe.  From March 2002 to October 2004 Mr. Stephens was editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28.

Location: Lewis Sebring

Valentine Hall

“1968 and The Subversion of the Liberal Order”

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Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Description:  Dr. Mahoney is a Professor of Politics at Assumption College. He is the author of about eighty-five book introductions, articles, and book reviews that have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and public journals. His writings have appeared in French, Italian, Hungarian, and Portuguese translation. In 1999 Professor Mahoney was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Raymond Aron. He is also an associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor of Society.

Location: Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

“Shakespeare and Natural Law”

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Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 10:45 a.m.

Description: Claire Landiss is a Century Fellowship recipient (University of Chicago) currently undertaking graduate work on Renaissance Literature and Natural Law at Oxford University (Merton College). Ms. Landiss was the Managing Editor at Power House Books and is an Associate Editor and Ghostwriter at the Karen Gantz Zahler Literary Agency in New York. She was a 2008 Publius Fellow with The Claremont Institute, and she has held research / teaching assistantships at Sarah Lawrence College and Queensborough College in New York. Ms. Landiss plans on blending her literary skills with political journalism to comment on culture and politics in the modern world.

Location: Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

“The Political Landscape from Capitol Hill: Thoughts on the Current Scene”

Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Description: Noah Silverman is the Director of Congressional Relations for the Republican Jewish Coalition. He is also a proud Amherst alum!

Location: Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

“Reaganomics and Obamamics”

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Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Description: Peter Ferrara is a Senior Policy Advisor in the areas of Social Security and Medicare for the Institute for Policy Innovation. He is also the Director of the International Center for Law and Economics and President of the Virginia Club for Growth. He served as a senior staff member in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under the first President Bush. He wrote the first book for the Cato Institute providing a comprehensive intellectual foundation for a personal account option for Social Security, Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (1980), and has continued to write on that concept.

Location: Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

“The Boumediene Case”

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Date: Saturday, April 4

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Description: Gregory G. Katsas, who successfully argued the Boumediene case on behalf of the Bush Administration (which declared that enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay do NOT have a constitutional right to habeas corpus) will speak about the case and its ramifications. Katsas served as the Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General of the United States under President George W. Bush. He is the top advisor to the third-ranking official in the Justice Department. Katsas has argued nearly 40 appeals and supervised most of the leading civil appeals taken or defended by the federal government since 2001. His cases have included such topics as presidential war powers in Iraq, military recruiting at law schools, closed immigration hearings for suspected terrorists, recess appointment of Article III judges, the Elian Gonzales raid, the Vice President’s energy task force, racial profiling, partial-birth abortion, assisted suicide, the Defense of Marriage Act and gays in the military. Katsas was actively involved in the Rasul, Hamdi and Hamdan cases, in which the Supreme Court addressed the rights of aliens detained as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.

Location: Friedmann Room

Keefe Campus Center

Brochure for the American Founding Colloquium Weekend Spring 2009