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The Supreme Court in American Politics
Burton Atkins

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once said about the Supreme Court, “We are very quiet there, but it’s the quiet of a storm center….” Indeed, the often staid processes and rituals associated with the Supreme Court can stand in stark contrast to the storm of controversy that surrounds both the politics associated with the selection of justices and the intense conflict that erupts over the court’s decisions. Roe v. Wade, the abortion case, District of Columbia v. Heller, the Second Amendment gun rights case, and Obergefell v. Hodges, the same sex marriage decision, each illustrates the storms that can swirl around what takes place in the building sometimes described as the “Marble Temple.” These controversies are likely to continue in the next few years as the ageing of several Justices increases the likelihood that President Trump will have the opportunity to make more appointments to the Supreme Court. This program will examine how the Supreme Court remains at the center of a storm of controversy in American politics by focusing on both some of the controversial decisions that the court has made in recent years and how the politics associated with the selection of Justices reflects divisions in American politics more generally.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Burton Atkins is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Florida State University. Currently, he teaches political science at Florida Atlantic University and also serves on the faculty at Penn State University. In his 35-year career at FSU, Dr. Atkins taught a variety of courses on, and wrote extensively about, constitutional law and US politics and served as chair of the Political Science Department. He lived in London from 1992 to 1997 while serving as the Director of FSU's London Study Center; and from 1997 until his retirement in 2006, serving as Director of the FSU International Affairs Program.

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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