The Paris Climate Agreement



















Mailer and Buckley




 The Paris Climate Accord:  Now What?

Wednesday January 27, 2016, 3pm
Room 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa
Oregon State University

International negotiations about climate change have been fraught with discord ever since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. At the latest Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, December 2015, nearly 200 nations agreed to work to together to limit global temperature increases. It is the first legally binding climate treaty, and it will open for signature later this year on Earth Day.

We have gathered four scholars to comment on the meaning of the climate agreement, each from a different perspective:

Amy Below (Political Science), Gregg Walker (Speech Communication), Andreas Schmittner (Climate Science), and Allen Thompson (Environmental Philosophy).
The format will be short remarks by each panelist, followed by audience engagement and discussion.

Cosponsored by the Environmental Arts & Humanities Initiative.


 In-Group Bias, Opportunism, and the First Amendment:
Do Justices Defend the Speech They Hate?

Monday. February 22, 2016, 4pm
Memorial Union, Horizon Room

 In-Group bias theory holds that we humans evaluate our own group, ideological enclave or its members more favorably than outsiders.  We conduct an observational study to determine if Supreme Court justices fall prey to this particular form of bias.  Specifically, we examine the votes of 4,519 justices in 516 Supreme Court First Amendment cases and demonstrate that while liberal justices are overall more supportive of free speech claims than conservative justices, the votes of both liberal and conservative justices are biased toward the speech's ideological grouping.

Prof. Jeff Segal is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Stony Brook University.  He is best known, with Harold Spaeth, as the leading proponent of the attitudinal model of Supreme Court decision making. Segal has twice won the Wadsworth Award for a book (The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model, 1993, Cambridge University Press, with Harold Spaeth) or article (“Predicting Supreme Court Cases Probabilistically: The Search and Seizure Cases, 1962-1981, APSR, 1984) 10 years or older with lasting influence on law and courts. Segal’s work on the influence of precedent (Majority Rule or Minority Will, Cambridge University Press, 1999, with Harold Spaeth) won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts.  His work on the influence of strategic factors on Supreme Court decision making won the Franklin Burdette Award from APSA.



 Dissent & Citizenship:
Norman Mailer and William F. Buckley, Jr.

 Thursday. March 03, 2015, 12pm
MU Multipurpose Room

Do political opposites attract?  How?  Why?  
How has American politics become so polarized?


The famous writer Norman Mailer was a noted left-winger during the 1960s, while columnist and editor William F. Buckley, Jr. was the face of American conservatism. 

This talk explores how the two men crafted a genuine friendship during the most tumultuous of American decades, and how, despite all the conflict, dissent, and disagreement between the men, a common commitment to a form of citizenship that would bring out the best of the nation helped formed a lasting bond between them. 

That, a sense of humor, and a love of scotch.

A lecture by Kevin Schultz - President, Society for US Intellectual History; Associate Professor of History, Catholic Studies, and Religious Studies University of Illinois at Chicago

A native of Los Angeles, Professor Schultz teaches twentieth-century American history with special interests in religion, ethno-racial history, and American intellectual and cultural life.  He has published widely, given numerous invited presentations, and has excelled as a public intellectual, academic, and teacher.

His interests have since moved to the 1960s, and Professor Schultz’s most recent book examines the fascinatingly intertwined lives of right-wing firebrand William F. Buckley, Jr. and left-wing radical Norman Mailer as a way to better understand that pivotal decade.  Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped The 1960s (W.W. Norton & Co.) came out in June 2015, was an #1 New Release in US History, and was reviewed widely, including in The New Yorker, Esquire, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, the New York Review of Books Blog, the Times of London, National Review, and more.