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Supreme Court Ruling on Same-sex Marriage

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Kermit Roosevelt Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Kermit Roosevelt has expertise in constitutional law and conflict of laws. Professor Roosevelt is a frequent media commentator on constitutional issues and supports the University’s affirmative action admissions policy. His books include The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions


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My take is that this decision is clearly right and consistent with the way the equal protection clause has functioned in our constitutional history: the Court invalidates forms of discrimination once it becomes clear that society has deemed them unjustified. There are always complaints that this amounts to granting special rights and that the court has usurped the people’s right to self-governance. And they always look overblown in retrospect. Chief Justice Roberts suggested that we should not celebrate the Constitution, which had nothing to do with the decision. I feel sorry for him if his Constitution doesn't. My Constitution does. America's Constitution does.”

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Theodore Ruger Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School


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"Today's decision will go down in history as a landmark moment in the history of the Supreme Court and our nation's long struggle to extend basic civil rights to all citizens. In its ruling, the court properly recognized the fundamental importance of the right to marry and ensured that all Americans will enjoy that basic right in the future. That this ruling reflects the culmination of much prior work and many prior victories in state courts and legislatures does not dilute the profound importance of having the nation's highest court unreservedly declare same-sex marriage to be the law of the land."

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Rogers Smith Professor of Political Science

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. He is a scholar in constitutional law and American political thought with a special interest in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender. He is author of numerous publications, including Still a House Divided: Race & Politics in Obama’s America (with Desmond S. King)


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"Important as it is, the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage probably only accelerates slightly what the tides of history and changing popular views would soon have brought about in any case. But the statements in Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinions stressing how a fundamental commitment to human dignity undergirds constitutional guarantees of equal protection and privacy are likely to shape debates over the Constitution's meaning on many issues and for many decades to come."

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Tobias Barrington Wolff Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Tobias Barrington Wolff writes and teaches in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, the conflict of laws, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. He has served as counsel or counsel for amici curiae in many civil rights cases seeking equal treatment under law for LGBT people and authored one of the lead amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on interstate recognition in the marriage equality decision handed down.


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"Generations of men and women risked their safety and their livelihoods, dedicated their labor and their honor, sacrificed their privacy and their peace of mind to achieve this victory. In one of the most consequential rulings on equality and liberty in decades, the court has reaffirmed that the Constitution is a living document that must respond to the real experience of ordinary people who seek to participate in its great promises. Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are included in those promises. At long last, the equal dignity of our relationships under the Constitution is settled law."

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

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Catalonia Independence Vote

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Dr. Brendan O'Leary Professor of Political Science

 School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. O’Leary is the author or editor of numerous publications including, Divided Nations and European Integration and Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders. He can discuss the background to the current impasse and similar secessionist referendums that have occurred elsewhere. 


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“This referendum is more like Kosovo’s than South Sudan’s, but it is also unlike both of them because it has not been preceded by violence, nor will it likely be followed by violence. It is a distinctive case in that the Constitutional Court has only itself to blame for its initial decision to block proposed amendments to Catalonia’s status. A critical component of Spain’s constitutional compromise after the death of Franco is now in ruins.”

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Secession and Separatism

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Dr. Brendan O’Leary Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences

Born in Ireland, Dr. O’Leary is the author or editor of numerous publications including, Divided Nations and European Integration and Right-Sizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders. He can discuss Scotland and secessionism and the implications for the United Kingdom if Great Britain breaks up. 

 

 

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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40th Anniversary of Nixon's Resignation

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Dr. Michael Delli Carpini Professor of Communication and Dean, Annenberg School for Communication

 Annenberg School for Communication

Dr. Delli Carpini’s research explores the role of the citizen in U.S. politics. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and publications, including What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters.

Media Contact
Joseph J. Diorio, 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson Professor of Communication and Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center

 Annenberg School for Communication

Dr. Jamieson is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Presidents Creating the Presidency.

Media Contact
Michael Rozansky , 215-746-0202 or mrozansky@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Alvin Felzenberg Adjunct Professor of Communication

 Annenberg School for Communication

Dr. Felzenberg, an American presidential historian, is the author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game.

           

Media Contact
Joseph J. Diorio , 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu

Dr. Rogers Smith Professor of Political Science

 School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Rogers served as Nixon campaign organizer in 1968, heading up Teens for Nixon in Illinois. His research interests focus on public law, American political thought and political theory.

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Thomas Sugrue Professor of History and Sociology

 School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Sugrue specializes in 20th century American politics, urban history, civil rights and race. He co-edits the book series Politics and Culture in Modern America.

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Dr. Barbie Zelizer Professor of Communication

 Annenberg School for Communication

Dr. Zelizer’s work focuses on the news media in times of crisis and war. She is the author of Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media and the Shaping of Collective Memory.

Media Contact
Joseph J. Diorio , 215-746-1798 or jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460June 19, 2014

Penn’s Student Body President Bridges Cultures Through Dialogue

University of Pennsylvania student Joyce Kim is on a mission to spur intercultural dialogue across campus and halfway around the world in North and South Korea.

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ISIS Iraq Situation

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Ian Lustick Professor of Political Science

School of Arts & Sciences

  • Former White House consultant on Middle East affairs and national security.
  • Has taught Israeli politics for more than 30 years.

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"The modern ‘Republic of Iraq’ is disappearing in blood, fire and fear. The Shia government in the south may hold on to Baghdad and Basra. The Kurds govern the northeast. A jihadi state arises before our eyes in the Sunni areas. Murphy's Law says anything bad that can happen, will. It does not always hold. But George W. Bush and his neocon advisers have shown that when a superpower's foreign policy is based on fantasy rather than stubborn realities, Murphy's Law is our best guide to the future.

“Containing the damage and finding a road to peace and stability will require not American boots on the ground but both American and multilateral engagement across a broad front, agile and imaginative diplomacy and substantial aid to non-jihadi rebels in Syria. A key element will be our ability to work with Iran. Iran has been an adversary in Syria, but its interests as well as ours are threatened by the export of the Syrian debacle into Iraq. That could set the stage for a deal that involves American-Iranian cooperation in salvaging an independent Iraq, but one friendly to Iran, while ending the war in Syria on terms that lead to a transition from the Assad regime.”

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151May 8, 2014
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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798March 25, 2014

Public Policy Visiting Fellow, jointly sponsored by Annenberg and the PWPPI

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The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and the Annenberg School for Communication are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new undertaking: a Public Policy Visiting Fellows program.

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative and the Annenberg School for Communication are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new undertaking: a Public Policy Visiting Fellows program.

My Brother’s Keeper Met With Cautious Optimism

March 13, 2014

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy & Practice shares his comments on President Obama’s new government program My Brother’s Keeper.

Article Source: Philadelphia Tribune

What Chris Christie Doesn’t Understand About Welfare

January 28, 2014

Michael Katz of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research about poverty in America.

Article Source: Huffington Post