major figure in one of the most well-known cases in the history
of the United States Supreme Court will be one of four speakers
at The University of Southern Mississippi's Spring 2004 University
considered by some to be the youngest woman ever to win a case before
the Supreme Court, argued for the winning side in the landmark Roe
v. Wade, which legalized abortion during the first trimester of
probably the most famous case in the modern era of the Supreme Court,"
said Dr. Kate Greene, associate professor of political science and
constitutional law expert at Southern Miss.
presentation at the March 9 University Forum is titled, "Some
Leaders are Born Women." She is the author of the best seller,
A Question of Choice, which details the Roe v. Wade case. A former
Texas state legislator, she also served as the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's
General Counsel in 1977, the first woman ever to hold that position.
again we have a diverse lineup of speakers who bring their knowledge
and expertise on timely subjects," said Dr. Andrew Wiest, professor
of history at Southern Miss and director of University Forum. "We're
pleased with the presenters who we have for the spring forum series.
The goal of University Forum is to provoke thought and broaden our
world view through presentations by experts on the leading issues
of our time."
Professor Randall Kennedy, "The Race Line in American Life."
Kennedy, a Harvard law professor, is a graduate of Princeton University
and Yale Law School and was a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a law
clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Kennedy
writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications
and sits on the editorial boards of The Nation, Dissent, and The
American Prospect. The lecture is co-sponsored by the African-American
History Month Committee and is the annual Armstrong-Branch lecture,
honoring the first two African-American students to attend Southern
Miss, Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch.
April 6: Dr.
Nadine Strossen, "Current Challenges to Civil Liberties Post-9/11."
Strossen became the first woman and youngest person ever to lead
the American Civil Liberties Union as its president in 1991. A law
professor at the New York School of Law since 1989, she has received
acclaim for her extensive writing, lecturing and practice in the
areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, and international
April 13: Andrew
Sullivan, "American Politics: A View from Home and Abroad."
Sullivan is an essayist for Time magazine and a columnist for the
Sunday Times of London. He is a former editor-in-chief of The New
Republic magazine and is acknowledged for making the magazine more
relevant to readers of his generation. He was named Editor of the
Year by Adweek and received National Magazine Awards for reporting,
general, and public interest.
Forum is a special series of lectures and programs open without
charge to Southern Miss students, faculty, and staff and members
of the community. It is sponsored by the Southern Miss Honors College.
For more information about the spring 2004 University Forum Series,
call (601) 266-5762.