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2009-2010 ILSP Speaker Series: Speaking Truth to Power

2009-2010 California Western/UCSD Speaker Series
Speaking Truth to Power

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to present their seventh annual Joint Speaker Series: Speaking Truth to Power.

Speaking Truth to Power explores the phenomenon of challenging the actions of established institutions or those in positions of authority. This behavior occurs in the political world as well as in academia. Political activity in the defense of freedom, the rule of law, and human rights often challenges the status quo. But speaking truth to power is not limited to the political realm. Scholarly activity may also challenge entrenched custom. Because speaking truth to power challenges extant power structures, it can pose both personal and professional risks.

The speakers in this series will examine what it means to speak truth to power, the circumstances in which this activity occurs, and the dangers it poses. Some speakers have personally faced the challenges of confronting authority or established institutions. Other speakers will examine how this phenomenon occurs. They will explore the mechanisms, institutions, norms, and laws that both enable and inhibit this type of advocacy.

For more information about this speaker series call 619-515-1466.

View a PDF version of the 2009-2010 Joint Speaker Series brochure.


November 17, 2009
Paul Hoffman

Civil Rights Lawyer and former Chair of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International
"Litigating Human Rights Cases Against Corporations: A View from the Frontlines"
12:10 p.m., California Western Lecture Hall 1

Paul Hoffman is a long-time civil rights and human rights attorney. He has appeared on several occasions before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hoffman previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Amnesty International USA and has served on the International Executive Committee for Amnesty International. He is the former legal director for the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. Hoffman has authored numerous publications, including International Human Rights Lawyering and International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts.

 

February 11, 2010
Richard C. J. Somerville

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of California, San Diego
"Climate Change: What Do We Know and What Should We Do?"
4:00 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building Room 107

Richard C. J. Somerville, a theoretical meteorologist, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in 1966 and has been a professor at Scripps since 1979. Somerville has received awards for both his research and his popular book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change, a new edition of which was published in 2008. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize equally with Al Gore. 

 

March 30, 2010
Jennifer M. Green

Associate Professor of Clinical Law
University of Minnesota Law School
"Gender Justice: Bringing Human Rights Claims for Sexual Violence in U.S. Courts and International Tribunals"
12:10 p.m., California Western Lecture Hall 1

Jennifer Green received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and served as clinical project supervisor and administrative director of the law school’s Human Rights Program. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School to start a clinic on human rights litigation and advocacy, she worked as a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights and was a Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor at the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. In 2009, Green co-authored International Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts. She is also the author of other publications on gender violence and accountability. 

 

May 6, 2010
Charles Thorpe

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology
University of California, San Diego
"Capitalism and 'Science as a Vocation'"
4:00 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building Room 107

Charles Thorpe received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He taught Sociology at Cardiff University, Wales, and Science and Technology Studies at University College London before returning to UCSD. Thorpe currently serves as an Associate Professor in Sociology and an active participant in the Science Studies Program. He teaches about the sociology of technology and social theory, and leads an advanced undergraduate course on “Science and War.” His book, Oppenheimer: the Tragic Intellect, is a sociological biography of the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.  

 

Speaker Series Sponsors

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs that highlight the role of international law in today’s global economy. The program also promotes scholarly work in international and comparative law through faculty development, research support, and scholarly exchange.

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) promotes research on international, comparative, and cross-regional topics at the University of California, San Diego. IICAS coordinates and supports faculty research in departments, area studies programs, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). It is closely associated with undergraduate and graduate education in international studies, including Eleanor Roosevelt College, the undergraduate international studies major, and IR/PS.