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How to End a War


Robert N. Strasfeld, J.D. - Professor of Law and Director, CWRU Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Friday January 18, 2007
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Politicians and citizens who seek to end American military operations in Iraq have looked to the end of the Vietnam War as an example of how Congress could overcome a President to end a war.  But in 2007, Congressional Democrats found it was not so easy.  In theory, Congress can impose its will by denying appropriations for military operations.  But there are political obstacles and legal difficulties.

Bob Strassfeld, a member of our Law faculty for twenty years, has published on law and the Vietnam War in the Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Duke law reviews.  Please join us for a discussion of one of the most important, but least understood, aspects of the political conflict over the war in Iraq.

The Friday Lunch is a brown-bag event open to all.  Cookies and some beverages are provided. 

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About Our Guest

Before joining the faculty in 1988, Mr. Strassfeld clerked for Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then practiced for three years at the Washington, D.C. firm, Shea & Gardner. Mr. Strassfeld teaches Torts, Federal Courts, Labor Law, and Legal History. He has published articles on theoretical aspects of causation in the George Washington and Fordham law reviews and on law and the Vietnam War in the Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Duke law reviews. He is coauthor of Understanding Labor Law. His current research includes continuing work on the legal history of the Vietnam War and a history of African American lawyers in Cleveland.

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Jane Platten, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, was featured in the New York Times Magazine recently in an article entitled, "Can You Count on Voting Machines?"

Friday Lunch and Other Public Affairs Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

January 25: Megan Whalen Turner fiction writer for young adults and author of, Instead Of Three Wishes, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia; Anne Ursu is the author of the novels Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James, Joe White Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department if Political Science, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Moral Dilemmas in Politics and Fiction."

February 1: .  Dr. Greg Eastwood, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, hosts a discussion on College Sports and Ethics, featuring David L. Diles EdD, Director of Athletics and Chair, Department of Physical Education; John J. Grabowski Ph.D., Krieger-Muller Associate Professor in Applied History and Director of Research, Western Reserve Historical Society; and Joseph M. Prahl Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

February 8: Bo Carlsson, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Can Cleveland Be a High Tech Leader?"

February 15: Paul Gerhart, Professor of Marketing and Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will talk about, "Labor Agreements in the Auto Industry--and Elsewhere."

February 22: Chris Cullis, Professor of Biology at Casee Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Lost Crops of Africa – Involving Undergraduates in their Rediscovery."

February 29: Robin Dubin, Associate Proferssor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "The Real Estate Meltdown."

March 7: Peter J. Whitehouse MD PhD. Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Science. “The Myth of Alzheimers.”

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of
Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration Week - MLK Convocation

Speaker: Ernest Green

Topic: "Lessons From Little Rock"

Friday January 18, 2008
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Amasa Stone Chapel
Case Western Reserve University

We remember the 50th anniversary of the integration of then all-white Central High School, and welcome Ernest Green as he shares his personal experiences as one of the courageous black students we have come to know as the "Little Rock Nine." Several books, movies and documentaries have been produced chronicling Green and his eight classmates' historic year at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.—the most recent being the Ernest Green Story.

Iraq and the Future of the U.S. Military

Speaker: Lawrence J. Korb - Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress and former Assistant Secretary of Defence

Wednesday January 23, 2008
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ford Auditorium
Allen Medical Library
Case Western Reserve University

Join us as the Center for Policy Studies hosts one of the nation’s premier scholars on defense matters.  Dr. Korb is the author of 20 books and more than 100 articles, in journals such as Foreign Affairs, Public Administration Review, and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He has served as Council Vice President and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; Director of the Center for Public Policy Education at The Brookings Institution; Dean of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; Vice President of Corporate Operations at the Raytheon Company; and was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics from 1981 through 1985.

Joining Dr. Korb to discuss the topic will be Lieutenant Colonel Eric Patterson, Professor of Military Science and Director of the U.S. Army ROTC program at John Carroll University, and Dr. Vincent E. McHale, Marcus A. Hanna Professor of Political Science at CWRU.  This event is free and open to the public.

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