2018-2019 Seminar Series - LAW and ILLIBERALISM


The Law and Illiberalism seminar series is sponsored by the John and Mary Greenbaum '52 Fund and the Lamont Lecture Fund at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

With increasing pressure on liberal constitutional values in the United States and abroad, legal institutions face complex challenges. Such taken-for-granted phenomena as judicial independence, freedom of the press, and a commitment to truth are now under attack. Law and Illiberalism is designed to explore how legal institutions and legal officials can and should respond to those challenges.

What techniques and resources does law offer in the face of growing illiberalism? How can law check executive power when the executive insists that there is no difference between law and politics? What is law’s role in policing, protecting, framing truth in a world of radical lying and dissembling?  What happens to free speech notions that the answer to bad and even false speech is more speech in a world of Facebook and Twitter? What pressures do such technologies place on liberal legal regimes? Does law have a role to play in protecting scientific truth?  What lessons can be learned from examining other places or times when liberal values were under attack? 

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 20, 2018 - Thursday
 4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
 Lee McIntyre, Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Boston University

 "Post-Truth as a Precursor to Authoritarianism"
 
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October 25, 2018 -  Thursday  
 4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
 
Nancy Rosenblum, Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government, Harvard University

"The New Conspiracism and Immunity to the Law"

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December 6, 2018 - Thursday
4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
 
Erica Benner, Fellow in Political Philosophy, Yale University
" Illiberalism, Laws, and Human Nature: Lessons from Plato"
 
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Feb. 21, 2019 -   Thursday
4:30pm
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Jeremy Kessler, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia University

" The Illiberalism of Administrative Law"

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     March 18, 2019  -  Monday
4:30pm   
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Sharon Krause, Professor of Political Science, Brown University
 
"The Anti-liberalism of Neoliberalism"

   
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April 29, 2019 - Monday
4:30pm
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Elizabeth Anker, Associate Professor of English and Associate Member of Law Faculty, Cornell University
 
"Weaponizing Pluralism and the Dilemmas of Illiberal Speech"
 
 

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