Monday, November 23rd, 7pm, Smith Campus Center Room 208
The Internet has transformed our world. How does our everyday use of online news sources, blogs and social networking sites affect the print newspaper world of the past? Does the struggle of newspapers and proliferation of online resources signal a collapse or renaissance in journalism? Is there a way for newspapers to reinvent themselves in such a way that is profitable and accessible by all? Will journalistic standards be maintained in a new, online media? What will corporate influence look like in the new media? What will the new media’s business model look like?
To answer these questions the PSU welcomes a panel with New York Times journalist Richard Perez-Peña ’84, LA Times journalist Hugo Martin and Geneva Overholser, Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism. This panel discussion will take place on November 23, 2009 at 7pm in Smith Campus Center Room 208.
Thursday, November 19, 8pm, Smith Campus Center 208
Although President Obama dubbed the Afghan conflict a “war of necessity” in his campaign, after eight years and two presidents public support for it is waning. As the authority of the Taliban increases, many in the United States are questioning if a stable, democratic government is even possible in Afghanistan. What should the role of the United States military be in Afghanistan? Is this conflict crucial to our national security, or is it merely tangential? Can the current government of Afghanistan even be considered legitimate after the recent elections that were marred by fraud and abuse?
To answer these questions, the PSU welcomes Kenneth Katzman, Middle East Specialist for the Congressional Research Service, and former CIA analyst for the region. Mr. Katzman will be speaking on Thursday, November 19th at 8pm in Smith Campus Center Room 208.
The Role of the Courts in a Democratic Society
Thursday, November 12th, 8pm, Edmunds Ballroom
As this summer’s confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor showed, the country remains deeply divided on questions of judicial temperament and the role of the judiciary. As the Supreme Court prepares to debate and rule on issues ranging from national security policy to campaign finance law, these fundamental questions will continue to define the terms of the debate.
With that in mind, the Pomona Student Union proudly presents a discussion between Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Stephen Reinhardt ’51, Judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics Michael Teter ’99 will moderate the discussion. As the title suggests, the discussion will revolve around the proper role of judges and courts in a democratic society. The discussion will address some of the following questions: Are judges merely calling “balls and strikes” when they decide cases or is the interpretation of the law a more complicated, potentially subjective, process? Is there a place for empathy in the interpretation of the law? Does the Senate confirmation for judicial nominees provide a meaningful check on the executive branch?
Alex Kozinski is currently Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and an essayist and judicial commentator. Kozinski graduated from University of California, Los Angeles, receiving an A.B. degree in 1972, and from UCLA School of Law, receiving a J.D. degree in 1975. He went on to clerk for then-Ninth Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice Warren Burger.
Kozinski’s first judicial appointment was as chief judge at the newly formed United States Court of Federal Claims in 1982. Then, at the age of 35, Reagan appointed him to the Ninth Circuit, making him the youngest federal appeals court judge in the country.
Kozinski’s writings have appeared in mainstream publications such as Forbes and Slate.
Stephen Reinhardt ’51 is a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Los Angeles. He graduated from Pomona College with an A.B. in Government in 1951. In 1954, he received an LL.B. from Yale Law School. After law school, Reinhardt worked at the legal counsel’s office in Washington, D.C. for the United States Air Force as a lieutenant. Two years later, he clerked for district judge Luther Youngdahl, a former governor of Minnesota, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Reinhardt served as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, California Advisory Committee from 1962 to 1974 and was its Vice Chairman from 1969 to 1974. He also served as member of the Democratic National Committee and as an unpaid advisor to former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and former California governor Jerry Brown. In 1975 he was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission, which he chaired from 1978 until his judicial confirmation in 1980.