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Open Forum on New Student Constituion

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Anything that enables me to win gift cards to Chipotle can’t be all bad, right?

Tomorrow night in Davis, SGA will host an open forum on the new, recently-approved student constitution, where they will highlight major changes in addition to opening things up for questions and discussion.

The purpose of the new constitution has been described as follows:

This document is written for one purpose: to establish a new structure of student representation that allows student representatives to be more accessible and responsive to what you need from your College. It will allow SGA to more effectively do its job of creating programs and supporting the policies that build our vibrant campus life.

Curious about what exactly that will look like? Me too.

Voting for the official ratification of the new constitution begins online March 5th, when students will be asked to cast the ultimate vote on whether or not this document will in fact replace the old constitution. You might be unsure as to how exactly this affects your life and your experience at this college, in which case you should certainly head over to Davis between 8:30 and 9:30 and get informed.

Lecture: SCOTUS and Citizens United

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A dashing Jeffrey Clements

On Thursday, author and attorney Jeffrey Clements will deliver a lecture on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark case, Citizens United v. Federal Electoral Commission. In 2010, SCOTUS ruled that unions and corporations are granted the same political speech rights as people, thus striking down years of campaign finance reforms.

Clements is a co-founder of Free Speech for People, an advocacy group dedicated to opposing corporate personhood. He has also worked as assistant attorney general and chief of the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau in Massachusetts. His lecture (part of the Tang’s “We the People” project) is titled “Corporations Are Not People: Responding to the Supreme Court in ‘Citizens United.'”

This is a big week for SCOTUS, with opening arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry—a case challenging the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage—taking place today. Go to this lecture and ask some questions about it and appear smart.

Thursday March 28, 7pm @ Tang

Constitution Lecture

Monday, September 24th, 2012

SOCIALISM

Tonight, Notre Dame professor and writer Michael Zukert is scheduled to deliver a lecture titled “Completing the Constitution: The 14th Amendment,” as part of Constitution Day (which was actually last week but who’s keeping track).

Ratified in response to the Civil War, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the definition of citizenship, due process, and equal protection, to include all people born in the United States. Various scholars interpret the 14th Amendment as either “completing” the original vision the Founding Fathers of the Constitution or radically altering it.

According to Skidmore propaganda:

Zuckert is a specialist in the fields of political theory and Constitutional studies. He has published extensively on a variety of topics, including George Orwell, Plato, Shakespeare, and contemporary liberal theory. He is currently finishing a book called Completing the Constitution: The Post-Civil War Amendments and is co-writing another book on Machiavelli and Shakespeare. In addition, he has been commissioned to write the volume on John Rawls for a series on 20th-century political pvhilosophy. He co-authored and co-produced public radio series Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine-Part Drama for the Radio. He also was senior scholar for Liberty! (1997), a six hour public television series on the American Revolution, and served as senior advisor on the PBS series on Benjamin Franklin (2002) and Alexander Hamilton (2007). He is currently head of the new Tocqueville Center for the Study of Religion in American Public Life at Notre Dame.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Government as part of the Tang’s ongoing We the People exhibit, a multidisciplinary project which examines how citizens view and interact with the Constitution.

Monday, September 24 in the Tang @ 5pm

(via Skidmore)