Upcoming Events

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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). Part of the Public Affairs Speaker Series.

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

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

  • The Revolt of the Cities: Transforming Urban Politics

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    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

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    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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    Featuring Randall Balmer, Professor in the Arts & Sciences of Dartmouth College. An American author and historian of American 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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    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. 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

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    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 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.