Checks and Balances in the Age of Trump

Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts.


March 8, 2017 - 7:00 pm


March 8, 2017 - 8:30 pm


156 Straub Hall, 1451 Onyx St.   View map

How well does our constitutional democracy work when one party controls the levers of power and crucial rights are at stake?

This panel will try to answer this question by bringing together experts on social movements, the media, the courts, state governments, the presidency, and Congress to assess our system of checks and balances today.



Stuart Chinn is an associate dean and professor at the UO School of Law specializing in constitutional law. He holds a PhD in political science and a law degree from Yale University.






Ellen Rosenblum is a former federal prosecutor and state trial and appellate judge serving her second term as Oregon’s attorney general. She is the first woman to hold that position.






Hector Tobar is an assistant professor of journalism at UO, a best-selling author and a New York Times op-ed writer. Tobar contributed to The LA Times’ Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the LA riots.





Dan Tichenor is a political science professor at UO  and director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance. He has published widely on the American presidency, immigration politics and policy, and national security and civil liberties.





Kelley Weigel is the executive director of the Western States Center.  Her work has focused on community organizing in Oregon and has included organizing ballot measure and candidate campaigns.