The Samuel I. Clark memorial lecture is a major annual event for the Institute of Government and Politics. Its topic rotates among the political science subfields covered in the department. The lecture is named in honor of Professor Sam Clark, who joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science in 1948. Specializing in political philosophy, he was known as a challenging and engaging professor and scholar.
Dr. Clark was named the founding director of the University's new honors program in 1962. In addition to overseeing the expansion of the honors program during his 24 years as its director, he coordinated lectures and planned opportunities for other kinds of growth, such as trips abroad for students and faculty. Clark was affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council since its inception in the 1960s and, in 1984-85, served as its president.
Also active in University affairs, he was president of the Faculty Senate from 1971-73 and from 1978-79. Upon his retirement in 1986, the Faculty Senate created this lecture series in his name, to be organized by the Institute of Government and Politics and the Department of Political Science.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Lee Honors College.
Dr. James L. Gibson presents “Public Reverence for the United States Supreme Court: Is the Court Invincible?”
The public is very interested in the Supreme Court these days, especially when the Court hears cases on issues such as same-sex marriage and affirmative action. Even though the Court is viewed very positively by much of the public, many of its decisions seem to contradict public opinion. This talk focuses on key aspects of how the court can “get away” with running against public opinion, and what the implications are for how our democracy functions.
April 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fetzer Center, Putney Auditorium
Dr. George A. Lopez presented “Liberating Libya, Strangling Syria: Intervening for Human Rights and Protection”
Dr. Lopez is a Theodore M. Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies at the Joan Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University
From left to right: Susan Hoffmann, Director Institute of Government and Politics; George Lopez; Judy Covey (Sam Clark's niece); Spencer Covey (Judy's son).