The Wayne Morse Chair is one of the most distinguished chairs at the University of Oregon. Established in 1981, it honors Wayne Morse, the U.S. Senator and former Dean of the UO School of Law. Occupants of the Wayne Morse Chair exemplify the characteristics of Wayne Morse: integrity, independence, and respect for the rule of law and civil liberties. Occupants of the Wayne Morse Chair have included prominent public intellectuals, activists, scholars, policymakers, and writers. During their residencies at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, they have delivered major public addresses, taught classes, and engaged in wide-ranging conversations with audiences in the university, the local community, and the state.

2016-17 Wayne Morse Chair

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Amy Stuart Wells

Amy Stuart Wells is a professor of sociology and education and the coordinator of Policy Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her writing focuses on issues of race and education, specifically educational policies such as school desegregation, school choice, charter schools, and tracking, and how they affect opportunities for students of color. Her books include Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates (2009) and Stepping Over the Color Line: African American Students in White Suburban Schools (1997).

During her residency in fall 2016, Wells co-taught a class in the School of Education and gave a public address. Watch the public address

2015-16 Wayne Morse Chair

Gary Orfield
Gary Orfield is a professor of education, law, political science, and urban planning as well as the codirector of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Orfield researches social policy, with a focus on the impact of policy on equal opportunity for success in American society. School desegregation and the implementation of civil rights laws have been central issues throughout his career. In addition to his scholarly work, Orfield has also taken an active role in affirmative action and civil rights cases.

His recent books include Dropouts in  America: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis, School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back? (with John Boger), and Higher Education and the Color Line (with Patricia Marin and Catherine Horn). While in residence at the UO School of Law, he will teach a course on race, law and education.

2014-15 Wayne Morse Chair

chun_rdax_133x202Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Chun chairs the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She is the author of Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (2011) and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (2006). Professor Chun’s current work focuses on the nature of networks and human interactions: What are networks and how do they matter? How do they differ from one another? How are they experienced and negotiated—what feelings of paranoia, empowerment, and inclusion/exclusion do they engender? She directs an international project called Habits of Living, an inquiry into the networked conditions of our times, and how they produce ways, conditions and habits of life and living. She has also been active in net politics and feminism.

2013-14 Wayne Morse Chair

photo of Terry FisherWilliam “Terry” Fisher
Terry Fisher is director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Hilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School. While at UO, he will assist with a law school class on intellectual property during fall 2013. In winter 2014, Professor Fisher will help host a symposium on “Technology, New Media and Citizen Involvement” based on his next project titled “Good Life Good Law.” The symposium will focus on the role of technology and new media in supporting conditions for human flourishing as developed by the capabilities approach to development and the theory of self-determination.

2012-13 Wayne Morse Chair

Photo of Robert KuttnerRobert Kuttner
Economist Robert Kuttner is the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect magazine. He also co-founded and serves on the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute. He has taught at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brandeis, Boston University and Harvard’s Institute of Politics.  His journalistic career spans several decades—he has worked at the Washington Post, the Village Voice, BusinessWeek and The New Republic. Since 1985, Kuttner has written a column for the Boston Globe.

Kuttner will be in residence at the Wayne Morse Center from September 24 to October 26, during which time he will co-teach a political science class and deliver a series of lectures titled “Untangling the Economy.” Kuttner is the author of nine books on the U.S. economic system and the politics of markets. He is currently writing a book on globalization and the common good.


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