Public Policy and Politics

American Diplomatic History: From George Washington to Barack Obama

Professor Michael Rockland’s first career was in diplomacy, serving with our embassies in Argentina and in Spain as a cultural attaché. One of the latest of his books is An American Diplomat in Franco Spain and he has long taught the course, “The United States as Seen From Abroad” at Rutgers. Thus, diplomacy has been both his vocation and his avocation for many years. In lecturing on American diplomacy he endeavors to trace the evolution of the United States from a nation dedicated to George Washington’s argument in favor of “no entangling alliances” to a nation that has, in some instances, gone in the other direction.

Michael Aaron Rockland, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of American Studies, Rutgers University

Program generally available in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties; other counties are available with speaker’s consideration.

Speech and Hate Speech: Conflict Within the First Amendment

Ought we to proscribe certain categories of speech? The speaker provides criteria and examples of sanctionable speech under various college codes and asks: Under what conditions are words so inherently wrong/bad/dangerous that they ought to be forbidden?

Milton Heumann, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

Program only available in Bergen and Middlesex counties.

The Supreme Court in the Democratic System

To paraphrase the Rev. Falwell: “Should we have nine old folks overriding what is democratically decided?” How can we reconcile a Supreme Court with democratic principles? Is there a real tension? Should the Court “oppose” popular preferences with respect to the death penalty, abortion and prayer in school? This lecture raises these and other questions and involves participants in arriving at answers.

Milton Heumann, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

Program only available in Bergen and Middlesex counties.

New Jersey’s Modern Politics

A survey of the state’s politics and governmental institutions under the Constitution of 1947. In particular, New Jersey’s modern governors will be surveyed.

William Gillette, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Rutgers University

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