Where: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
RSVP: RSVP to Bennett Ramberg by March 13, 11 AM with your selection of $35 dinner/$39 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $11.
For more information: Contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170
The Topic: Probably as a result of 9/11 and the War on Terrorism, we are re-creating an Imperial Presidency. The Long War doctrine and the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force [AUMF] permit continuous warfare – including Special Forces, drones, cyberwar etc – with little oversight by Congress and influence from civic society. What can be learned from the anti-Vietnam and, more recently, anti-Iraq and anti-Afghanistan protest experiences as guidelines for whether the new Imperial Presidency will be “reined in” by “new legal architecture”, in the words of President Obama himself. A review of the 1973 War Powers Resolution, followed by Richard Nixon’s resignation  and the Congressional oversight hearings led by Sen. Frank Church , will be reviewed as models of official responses to popular movements and outrage.
The Speaker: Tom Hayden is a former State Senator and leader of Sixties peace, justice and environmental movements. As founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA, Hayden remains a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He has authored 20 books including The Lost Gospel of the Earth (1996), Ending the War in Iraq (2007), The Long Sixties (2009) and Inspiring Participatory Democracy: Student Movements from Port Huron to Today (2012).