War Powers expert to speak April 12

Dr. Richard Pious of Columbia University’s Barnard College will speak on “The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 220 of Mahar Hall at SUNY Oswego.

The title of his talk mirrors the title of his latest book, in which he argues that bringing terrorists to justice through the due process of law provides more rather than less security.

“No matter the author’s position, readers will have to take sides on the issues raised in this book, which nobody can possibly deny are extremely significant in the current political and cultural climate surrounding terrorism and war,” said a reviewer of the book last fall in Law and Politics Book Review.

At Oswego, Pious will talk about U.S. law and how it relates to recent developments in America’s war on terrorism regarding detainees, warrantless surveillance, and the war powers of Congress and the president.

This is the first in an annual series of talks in Oswego’s political science department that is underwritten by a 1982 graduate of the program, Eileen White of Connecticut.

Pious is a leading scholar of the presidency and one of the nation’s premier experts on the War Powers Act of 1973. He has lectured on war powers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is the author of numerous books, including “The American Presidency” and “The President, Congress and the Constitution.”

He has been a consultant to congressional committees and for the White House Office of Policy Development. He has also been a commentator for the Voice of America and has appeared in public service videos promoting voter turnout produced for MTV.

Active internationally, he has written on world affairs for the Russian news agency Novosti as well as Russian and French journals, lectured at universities in Canada and at seminars in the Far East, advised the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the transition from Communist rule, and been interviewed by media in Spain, Japan and Britain.

He is the Adolf S. and Effie Ochs Professor of American Studies and Political Science at Barnard College and a professor in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He graduated from Colby College and received master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.

The benefactor of Oswego’s new political science lecture series, Eileen White, has often returned to the college to represent her class in the college’s Torchlight Ceremony the night before commencement. Currently a district manager with Arbonne International, she was formerly special assistant to Theodore Sorensen at his law firm. A notable figure in the Kennedy Administration, Sorensen received an honorary doctorate at SUNY Oswego in 2004.

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(Posted: Apr 04, 2007)