Constitution Day - The Presidency and the Constitution
Panel Discussion

Constitution Day is federally mandated and commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

What powers does the Constitution invest in the president? What is the role of the president in the Constitution?
How has the relationship between the presidency and the Constitution changed over time and where might it be headed today?

Today the office and powers of presidency and their relationship to the American Constitution seem as important as ever. Several distinguished panelists will present on
thematic approaches including the courts, elections, commander-in-chief powers, and political activism, followed by a discussion with the audience of this critically important topic.

Monday, September 18, 4:00 pm
Oregon State University
Memorial Union, Journey Room 104
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the OSU Center for the Humanities, & the Citizenship & Crisis Initiative


The Politics of Surveillance, Past, Present, and Future

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 11, 4:00 pm
Oregon State University
Memorial Union, Journey Room 104
Free and open to the public

We are all being watched. We are all being tracked. We are all being recorded virtually all the time. How did this happen? What have we lost and what have we gained? Are we all "just" data and what does that mean?

New technologies and new understandings of individual rights, corporate rights, collective rights, and national security have dramatically shifted in recent years. What is at stake in these new visions of rights and new technologies of control? This panel of experts aims to provoke a dynamic discussion of the past, present, and future of surveillance and the surveillance society in which we live today.


Prof. Christopher McKnight Nichols (OSU)
Opening remarks on context and introductions

Prof. Joshua Reeves (OSU)
See Something, Say Something: Citizen Spies and Social Responsibility

Prof. Colin Koopman (U of O)
How We Became Our Data: Infopower and Dataveillance

Prof. Gretchen Soderlund (U of O)
Command Control Technologies and Surveillance Labor

Co-sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative, and the Center for Humanities.


Freedom on My Mind: The Story of Freedom Summer

Monday, November 6, 6:00 p.m.
Oregon State University
Milam Hall, 318. Free and open to the public. Pizza provided.

A documentary about Freedom Summer, the campaign to end the long political disenfranchisement of African Americans in the Deep South.
The Academy Award nominated FREEDOM ON MY MIND is the first film to chronicle, in depth, the story of Freedom Summer. It vividly tells the complex and compelling history of the Mississippi voter registration struggles of 1961 to 1964: the interracial nature of the campaign, the tensions and conflicts, the fears and hopes. It is the story of youthful idealism and shared vision, of a generation who believed in and fought for the principles of democracy. -


Voting Rights Then and Now - Panel discussion hosted by ASOSU

Wednesday, November 8, 5:00 p.m.
SEC Involvement lounge room 112. Free and open to the public. There will be free food provided.

Want to learn more about voting rights in the USA? ASOSU has partnered with the School of History, Philosophy, & Religion’s Citizenship & Crisis program in creating a panel discussion about Voting Rights: Then and Now-Accessibility in the United States.

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