Upcoming Events

  • Discussion on Measure 88

    cars on a road

    Measure 88 provides Oregon resident “driver cards” without requiring proof of legal residence in the United States. Jeff Stone, executive director, Oregon Association of Nurseries, will be speaking in favor of the measure. Mark Callahan, former U.S. Senate candidate from Oregon, will be speaking in opposition to the measure. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Arranged and organized by the Wayne Morse Law Fellows. Cosponsored by ACS, MLSA, OUTLaws, and LALSA.

  • Exhibit of Political Cartoons about Wayne Morse: 1941-1966


    Wayne Morse collected over one hundred signed original editorial cartoons that were published about him in newspapers around the country. He frequently contacted editorial cartoonists to get the signed original drawings of editorial cartoons that focused on him. These drawings were framed and hung on the walls of his Senate office. His collection of nearly 130 cartoons included some by a number of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists. The cartoons are owned by the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation and were recently moved from the Morse family home at the park to the UO Libraries' Special Collections for long-term preservation. View the cartoons Part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series, sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center, Oregon Historical Society, the World Affairs Council of Oregon and the University of Oregon. All events are free and open to the public. Cosponsored by UO Libraries, the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation, UO Comic Studies, KLCC, Oregon County Fair and ACLU of Oregon. The cartoons are on loan from the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation, and the exhibit is produced by Knight Library Special Collections.

  • Garrett Epps book celebration

    Photos of Epps' books

    Join us for remarks and a book signing by Garrett Epps. Featuring Epps' recent books American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution and American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court. Garrett Epps is a former University of Oregon Law professor and former Wayne Morse Resident Scholar. He now teaches at the University of Baltimore School of Law. An accomplished journalist, he covers the Supreme Court for The Atlantic and is a contributing editor of The American Prospect. He has written numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and in 2007 won the Oregon Book Award for Democracy Reborn. The program will be followed by a reception and book signing.

  • Typewriter to Twitter: an NPR Reporter’s Journey

    Photo of typewriter

    Imagine journalism with no computers, no internet, no cell phones, and no Twitter. That’s what it was like 35 years ago when NPR Correspondent Howard Berkes began his radio journalism career at KLCC in Eugene. Today, Berkes is an investigative reporter for NPR, and no longer depends on typewriters, audio tape, razor blades or alligator clips. Radio has expanded into multiplatform media and the tools of the trade have been radically transformed. Berkes will share the pain and pleasure of his own transformation from old media to new, and how these changes have altered the role of news reporters. This event is sponsored by KLCC in partnership with UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and UO School of Journalism and Communication.

  • Reinventing Public Service Education and Research

    Photo of books

    Featuring Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Programs and professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. His books include World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy and the Design of Global Governance (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and The Politics of Quasi-Government: Hybrid Organizations and the Dynamics of Bureaucratic Control (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

  • Running from Peril, Chasing Hope: Children and the Central American Refugee Crisis

    Photo of footprints

    Symposium cosponsored by the Center for the Promotion of Equality and the College of Education.

  • The Revolt of the Cities: Transforming Urban Politics

    City photo

    Featuring Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect and weekly columnist for The Washington Post. In 2009, he was named one of "the most influential commentators in the nation" by The Atlantic Monthly. He serves as a vice chair of National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America. Part of the Public Affairs Speaker Series.

  • Internet’s Own Boy screening

    The Internet's Own Boy Film Poster

    The story of Aaron Swartz.

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

    Photo of Jimmy Carter

    Featuring Randall Balmer of Dartmouth College. A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012 and the Dartmouth Professor in the Arts & Sciences in 2014. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton, Yale, Northwestern, and Emory universities and in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dr. Balmer has published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press. His op-ed articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Des Moines Register, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Anchorage Daily News, and the New York Times. His work has also appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times Book ReviewChristian Century, the Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Washington Post Book World.  Dr. Balmer is regularly asked to comment on religion in American life, and he has appeared frequently on network television, on NPR, and on both the Colbert Report and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been an expert witness in several First Amendment cases, including Snyder v. Phelps and Glassroth v. Moore. Dr. Balmer has published more than a dozen books, including Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter and The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond. His second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America, now in its fourth edition, was made into an award-winning, three-part documentary for PBS. Dr. Balmer wrote and hosted that series as well as a two-part series on creationism and a documentary on Billy Graham. 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

    Photo of U.S. Capitol Building

    Featuring Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the Oregon Historical Society. Tymchuk is a native Oregonian who earned both his BA degree in History and J.D. at Willamette University. Mr. Tymchuk has a distinguished public service career, which includes working as a top aide and advisor to Elizabeth Dole, Bob Dole and Gordon Smith. He has assisted the Doles in the writing of four books, and assisted Columbia Sportswear Chairman, Gert Boyle, in the writing of her autobiography, One Tough Mother. Tymchuk is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for Special Olympics of Oregon and the Oregon Law Foundation as well as serving on the board of trustees for Willamette University. He has been a board member of the Oregon Historical Society since 2007 and has served as chairman of both the Mark O. Hatfield Distinguished Historians Forum and the History Makers Dinner. This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series.

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

    Photo of the American flag

    Vesla 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 newest book with Amy Lerman, Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control, is concerned with the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for the black urban poor. She is also the author of Frontlash: Civil Rights, the Carceral State, and the Transformation of American Politics (under contract with Cambridge), which uncovers a connection between the movement for civil rights and the development of punitive criminal justice. Weaver is also the co-author of Creating a New Racial Order, which explores how multiracialism, immigration, the genomics revolution, and generational changes are reshaping the racial order in the United States (with Professors Jennifer Hochschild and Traci Burch). Weaver’s research has been supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. She is currently regional leader of the Scholars Strategy Network, member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections, and co-leader of SPIRE (the Symposium on the Politics of Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity).She has previously worked for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. This is a Val R. and Madge G. Lorwin Lectureship event and is part of the Wayne Morse Center's Public Affairs Speaker Series.