Speaker series to focus on President Obama and the politics of reform

EUGENE, Ore. -- (Jan. 6, 2010) - When President Obama was sworn into office a year ago, he confronted economic crisis, international challenges and an ambitious reform agenda.

The University of Oregon Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the political science department will examine the performance in "Great Expectations: Obama and the Politics of Reform," a speaker series beginning Jan. 13.

"Our series is designed to provide a timely assessment of how this young president is performing in the hot seat, placing his administration in historical context and taking stock of key reform issues on the docket," said Dan Tichenor, Phillip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Morse Center.

All events are free and open to the public, and will be held at 110 Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St.

The first lecture, "Barack Obama, the Presidency, and the Enduring Quest for Reform," is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, by Sidney Milkis, the White Burkett Miller Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. His most recent book is "Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (2009)."

The lecture series continues with the following events:

• Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: "The Politics of Immigration Reform," Robin Jacobson, University of Puget Sound.

• March 4, 7 p.m.: "The Undeserving Rich? American Perceptions of Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution," Leslie McCall, Northwestern University.

• April, TBA: "Climate Change Policy," Governor Ted Kulongoski.

• April 9, 3:30 p.m.: "Civil Liberties, Military Detainees and Guantanamo," David Cole, Georgetown Law.

• April 29, 7 p.m.: "A Century in the Making: Obama and the Era of Health Care Reform," Mark Peterson, UCLA.

About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon's flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

Contact: Abbie Stillie, communications coordinator, Wayne Morse Center, 541-346-3717, astillie@uoregon.edu
Source: Dan Tichenor, Senior Faculty Fellow, Wayne Morse Center, tichenor@uoregon.edu
Link: http://www.waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/