September 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Constitution Day 2015 | ‘Citizens United/Citizens Divided,’ Sept. 10

Dr. Carol Greenhouse at the microphone. Photo from the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities.

Dr. Carol Greenhouse. Photo from the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities.

Ohio University’s Constitution Day 2015 lecture features Dr. Carol Greenhouse discussing “Citizens United/Citizens Divided” on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Baker Theater.

A reception follows the lecture., which is free and open to the public.

citizens united divided artwork for constitution day lectureThis Constitution Day lecture offers a cultural analysis of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United. This controversial case concerned campaign finance law, but in the process, it also dealt with fundamental social and cultural questions: What is a democracy? What is a corporation? What is the meaning of money? What is the public interest? The lecture examines the ways in which the court grappled with such questions, implicitly and explicitly, carrying the significance of the case beyond electioneering to the role of law in everyday life.

law center logoGreenhouse is the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University and President of the American Ethnological Society. A leading sociolegal scholar, she has written on law as a cultural idea in the U.S. in Praying for Justice and has worked on comparative problems related to law’s cultural legitimacy in A Moment’s Notice: Time Politics Across Cultures and The Paradox of Relevance, on ethnography and citizenship in the United States.

Making and Breaking the Law logoThis Constitution Day lecture is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Center for Law, Justice & Culture, the departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Political Science, the Making and Breaking the Law Theme, and the Office of the Vice President and Provost at Ohio University.

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