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September 26, 2017

Campus Conversations in Standish: Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD on October 4

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Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD:
A Historian's Perspective on Challenged Presidential Actions, the Supreme Court, and the U.S. Constitution


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The Department of History's Laura Wittern-Keller, PhD will lead the first "Campus Conversations in Standish" of the fall 2017 semester with a discussion titled "The Supreme Court vs. The President: How the Court Decides the Constitutionality of Challenged Presidential Actions."

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12:35–1:30 p.m. in the Science Library's Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room. All are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

According to Dr. Wittern-Keller, the issue of whether a president is acting constitutionally is not new in America's history. "Objections to presidential actions have arisen many times in our history, but only in a few of those cases has the Supreme Court gotten involved," says Dr. Wittern-Keller. "When it did, in a 1952 case that questioned Truman's abilities as commander-in-chief during the Korean War, it set a precedent that is still followed today. We will discuss what that precedent says and how it has been applied ever since to see what the justices might consider if another challenge case were to arise." says Dr. Wittern-Keller.

A dedicated educator and scholar, Dr. Wittern-Keller is the author of Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981 (2008) and the co-author of The Miracle Case: Film Censorship and the Supreme Court (2008). She writes the blog, "An Engaged Professor" at

Launched by the University Libraries in spring 2015 and held two to three times per semester, "Campus Conversations in Standish" raise awareness of UAlbany faculty research and expertise, and connect members of the UAlbany community and beyond in an exchange of ideas and perspectives. "Campus Conversations in Standish" are free and open to the public and are always held on selected Wednesdays, 12:35 – 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and J. Spencer Standish Board Room on the third level of the Science Library.

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