Upcoming Events

  • Internet’s Own Boy screening

    The Internet's Own Boy Film Poster

    The Internet's Own Boy Film Poster

    The Internet’s Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide following a two-year legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.


  • His Own Received Him Not: Jimmy Carter, Progressive Evangelicalism, and the Religious Right

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    Photo of Randall BalmerFeaturing Randall Balmer, Professor in the Arts & Sciences of Dartmouth College. A historian of U.S. religion, Balmer is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life and has been an expert witness in several First Amendment cases, including Snyder v. Phelps and Glassroth v. Moore. Some of his books include Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond, and Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.

    This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series.

  • Lessons in Leadership: In the Senate Offices of Bob Dole and Gordon Smith

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    Photo of Kerry TymchukFeaturing Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. Tymchuk is a fifth-generation Oregonian. His distinguished public service career includes working as a top aide and advisor to Elizabeth Dole, Bob Dole and Gordon Smith. He has coauthored four books with the Doles and is a four-time Jeopardy champion. He was recently named by the Portland Business Journal as “The Most Admired Non-Profit Executive in Portland.”

    This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series.

  • American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity


    A book event featuring historian Chris Appy, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Book signing to follow.

    Appy examines the relationship between the Vietnam War’s realities and myths and its impact on our national identity, conscience, pride, shame, popular culture, and postwar foreign policy.

    Drawing on a vast variety of sources from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences.

  • Living Data: Inhabiting New Media

    Living Data: Inhabiting New Media

    Explore new media theory, data histories, network culture and information ecologies in this interdisciplinary symposium. Featuring Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, the 2014-15 Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics, who will give the keynote address on Habitual New Media. She is a professor of modern culture and media at Brown University and the author of Habitual New Media and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics.

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    This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry on Media and Democracy and is free and open to the public.

  • Media, Democracy, and Technologies: Possibilities and Challenges


    Featuring Madeleine Bair, Witness; Danny O’Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Endalk Chala, Zone 9 Bloggers; and Tewodros Workneh, UO School of Journalism and Communication. Introduction and moderation by Gabríela Martínez, UO School of Journalism and Communication. Cosponsored with the UO School of Journalism and Communication.

  • We’re Free, but Not *Free*: Custodial Citizenship in Our Time

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    Brief description of jobVesla Weaver is an assistant professor of political science and African American Studies at Yale University. She received her doctorate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University. Weaver is broadly interested in understanding racial inequality in the United States, how state policies shape citizenship, and the political causes and consequences of the growth of the criminal justice system in the United States. Her books include Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime ControlFrontlash: Civil Rights, the Carceral State, and the Transformation of American Politics, and Creating a New Racial Order.

    This is a Val R. and Madge G. Lorwin Lectureship event and is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series.