The Program for Democratic Governance supports scholarly inquiry and educational programming on democratic institutions, behavior, and dilemmas. Begun in 2008 by Philip H. Knight Chair and founding Director Daniel Tichenor, the program is home to the Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series (PASS) and Wayne Morse Scholars.
Wayne Morse Scholars is a program for undergraduate students interested in public policy, governance, and activism. All current UO students (not incoming freshman) are eligible to apply. Applications will be available in the spring.
2022-23 Public Affairs Speaker Series
Twenty years ago, Arlene Stein interviewed residents of “Timbertown,” Oregon who became embroiled in a bitter battle over LGBT rights, publishing the prize-winning book The Stranger Next Door. In this talk, which coincides with the re-release of the book with an updated preface, she revisits Stranger in the context of an even more deeply divided nation.
Stein is a professor of sociology at Rutgers whose research focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality, culture, and politics. The author or editor of nine books, she received the American Sociological Association’s Simon and Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities.
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics' Public Affairs Speaker Series. Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
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Featuring Andrew McCall, Columbia University. This talk focuses on police community relations programs, established during the mid-20th century as a solution to police brutality. McCall juxtaposes data on the establishment of these programs with arrest and reported crime data to explore how well the programs worked, if they made communities safer, and if they changed the extent to which departments worked to preserve racial hierarchies.
McCall is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His research examines the causes of racial inequality in policing, with a particular focus on reforms during the mid-20th century, professional associations, and department design. His research has been funded by the Center for Empirical Legal Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the National Science Foundation.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. It is part of the Wayne Morse Center's Public Affairs Speaker Series.
Past Public Affairs Speaker Series events