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Tuesday October 11th, 2011

War Time: An Idea, Its History, and Its Consequences

Mary L. Dudziak, Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Professor of Law, History and Political Science University of Southern California

Tuesday October 11, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ben C. Green Lecture presented by the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Although the U.S. has been engaged in some form of ongoing overseas armed conflict for more than a century, policy makers and the public continue to view wars as exceptional events that eventually give way to normal peace times. But if war is thought to be exceptional, “wartime” remains a shorthand argument justifying extreme actions like torture and detention without trial. And as the public becomes more disconnected than ever from the wars their nation is fighting, the country is without political restraints on the exercise of war powers.

Additional Information About Our Guest

Mary L. Dudziak is a Visiting Professor at Duke Law School this fall. Her book War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences will be published next year (Oxford). Professor Dudziak has received several fellowships, including Guggenheim; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, School of Social Science; American Council of Learned Societies; and others. She has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the University of Maryland Law School. Professor Dudziak began teaching at the University of Iowa College of Law in 1986. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies (1992) and a J.D. (1984) from Yale, and an A.B. (1978) from U.C. Berkeley. She created the Legal History Blog, a leading blog in law and the humanities.