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The Kavanaugh Controversy: Legal, Cultural, Political, and Historical Perspectives

October 2 | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building (HIB) 135

How can work in various fields help us put in perspective the contentious debate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court? What is new and familiar about the debate and the way it has been covered in various media? How does it reflect on the political scene as we approach the midterm elections and what does it say about the cultural reverberations of the #MeToo movement thus far? These are the questions that this “pop-up” panel, organized by UCI’s Forum for the Academy and the Public, will address, drawing on the expertise of local faculty in the Schools of Humanities, Law, and Social Sciences who work on topics ranging from sexual assault to Congressional procedures.

Moderators: Amy Wilentz (Literary Journalism) & Jeffrey Wasserstrom (History)

Panelists: Matthew Beckmann (Political Science), Sharon Block (History), Jane Stoever (Law), and Michael Tesler (Political Science)
No RSVP required. Event is free and open to the public.

About the UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public
The UCI Forum for the Academy and the Public is a collaborative project between the Literary Journalism Program, the School of Humanities, and the School of Law that bridges the university and the public through conferences and pop-ups that tackle the most pressing issues of our time. Led by Amy Wilentz (Literary Journalism) and Jeff Wasserstrom (History) and international in scope, the Forum has tackled issues such as freedom of expression, justice and incarceration, and fake news. Former participants include a range of journalists, activists, scholars and creatives. The 2018 conference, “Fire and Ice: The Shifting Narrative of Climate Change,” will take place February 8 and 9 and will feature Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, as keynote.

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