And The Winner Is:
Roundtable Discussion about the 2008 Presidential Election
to Podcast (joined in progress)
DAVID DUNN, POLSIS
SCOTT LUCAS, LIBERTAS
21 July 2008
Scott Lucas on Radio Five Live
Lucas of Libertas joined host Colin Murray and guests Greg
Katz (Associated Press, London) and Simon Woolley (Operation Black
Vote) for a discussion of Barack Obama's tour of Europe and the US
presidential election. What does it mean for America? And what it
does mean for those of us outside the US? You can listen on
the BBC website --- the item is just after the 1o'clock news at
the start of the programme.
15 June 2008
Scott Lucas on Radio Five Live
Lucas of Libertas squared off with talk show host Charlie
Wolf on "The Legacy of George Bush" in a featured item
on the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 5. You can hear the punches
being thrown on
the BBC website --- the item is just after the 7 o'clock news
at the 1:02:00 mark.
Terror Arrests at
Nottingham University: What Next?
TABLE DISCUSSION, THURSDAY 5TH JUNE, 4-6pm, LAW & SOCIAL
SCIENCE BUILDING, B62
Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (Politics) and
the Centre for Research on Identities, Citizenship and Migration
(Sociology & Social Policy) are holding a round table event on
Thursday June 5th, 4-6pm, in Law & Social Science Building,
B62. The roundtable seeks to foster debate among staff
and students on the important questions arising from the
Nottingham arrests under the antiterrorism legislation. It seeks to
discuss critically but constructively the Nottingham arrests
and their ramifications for academic life and community
are the implications of the terrorist arrests for questions
of academic freedom and security? What are the
implications for a) academics b) students c) non-academic
staff d) community relations? How should academia
address potential terrorist threats? What lessons can we learn
from the experience and use for addressing any similar problems
in the future? How
should individual students and staff be supported in similar
situations? How should the community relations be addressed in
similar situations? What is the meaning of
academic and intellectual freedom? Issues of academic freedom and
security often tend to treated as counterposed. But
should academic freedom and security be treated as counterposed?
Does defending academic freedom mean being soft on terrorism?
What role might academic freedom play in combating terrorism?
is hoped that other initiatives will follow to address these
important questions more fully.
panel of speakers will make brief introductory remarks before
opening to the floor for discussion and debate.
Following the arrest of
two people at the University of Nottingham in mid-May, which Libertas
has commented upon over the last few days, a group of academics
from the University will be holding a public protest on May 28, 2008
outside the Hallward Library.
Special Colloquium: "War
and American Identity"
The "War and American
Identity" project, based on a partnership between the University Colleges
of Cork, Dublin, and Galway with international partners such as the University
of Birmingham, held its first of two conferences in Cork on 24 April. It is
hoped that these presentations will launch a discussion interrogating issues of
war and identity in the United States, both in historical and contemporary
Marilyn Young: "Limited War
Unlimited: The U.S. in Korea and Vietnam"
Robert Brigham: "Reading America in
Scott Reynolds Nelson: "Civil War
Provisioning, Branded Foods, and the Agricultural Origins of American
"The Other Religion: Nationalism and US Foreign Policy from the New Deal to
the Cold War"
Charles Gannon: "The New American
Century...Or Not?: Anticipating Tomorrow's Political Realities Through Today's
Lloyd Gardner: "Iraq as the 'Good
Scott Lucas: "Freedom's Dilemmas: The
Illusions of the Unipolar In and Beyond Iraq"
at the 2008 British Association for American Studies Conference
been to a number of excellent panels at the Conference, Libertas
is hoping to feature some of the best papers for discussion in the
next weeks. Keep an eye on this space...
staff and contributors will be spending 27-30 March 2008 at the BAAS
Conference in Edinburgh, listening to a range of panels on American
literature, history, and culture as well as US foreign policy. As an
introduction to the conference, we are pleased to feature the
following audio guide to Edinburgh and its connections with the
United States. Featured "guests" include Arthur Conan
Doyle, William Robertson, Walter Scott, Benjamin Franklin, Andrew
Carnegie, and Abraham Lincoln....
pleased to support the Summer School of the Clinton Institute of
American Studies at University College Dublin, 13-19 July 2008.
Problems of Nation-building in Iraq and Vietnam"
February 2008, University of Birmingham
Professor Brigham's successful talk on February 6, Libertas
is delighted to be able to make the podcast of the lecture
available via the link below. "The Problems
of Nation-building in Iraq and Vietnam - was the inaugural Libertas
lecture and was presented by
Prof. Robert Brigham, who this year is the Mary Ball Washington
Professor of American History at University College, Dublin.
In 2006, Professor Brigham published the book: Is Iraq Another