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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

Latinos and the 2012 Election

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

As part of the ongoing We the People exhibition, the Spanish Club will be presenting a panel discussion on how the Latino community is affected by the upcoming election, and how the integral Latino vote may decide the outcome.

Four students (Lauren Sager ’13, Jazmin Vargas ’15, Laura Gonzalez ’14, and Adam Smith-Perez ’14) will discuss the issues and each candidate’s platforms, and what they mean for Latino voters. The panel will be non-partisan (they really hammer this point down), and a Q&A will follow.

Thursday October 25, 7pm @ Tang

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