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Michael Scott - Environmental Reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Friday October 2, 2009
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

It had happened before, and the nation hadn’t noticed. But, in 1969, Cleveland had a new, vigorous, black mayor, Carl Stokes, who was a national story. National media were covering him, he wanted to solve long-neglected problems, and the coverage has been credited for helping to define the water pollution problem in a way that led to the Clean Water Act of 1972.

It also defined Cleveland’s image for a generation, which was not such a positive effect.

But, after nearly forty years of work, plus the consequences of deindustrialization, the Cuyahoga is now clean enough that local and state officials have petitioned federal EPA officials to de-list the upper Cuyahoga as having impairments to fish health. In August, freshwater mussels were found in the lower Cuyahoga for the first time in more than fifty years.

The Plain Dealer is providing special coverage for this, the “year of the river.” Join reporter Mike Scott for a discussion of the river’s past, present, and future.

We will be meeting in a different location next week. (Baker-Nord Room, 206 Clark Hall) There will be no parking in the visitors lot next to Crawford Hall on October 9th.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

Michael Scott, 46, lives in rural Geauga County, Ohio, about 25 miles east of Cleveland, with his wife Sharon – and often with at least one of his four adult children (and their pets) who still use the family homestead as a stopping point as they either finish college or move between jobs. Now a reporter covering environmental issues for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, he had worked since 1999 as a news and feature reporter in one of the papers suburban bureaus. Previously, he was the Metro Editor for smaller dailies near Youngstown and Chardon, Ohio, after starting his journalism career covering sports and local politics throughout Northeast Ohio. Mike and his wife also work with teenagers and a music ministry at a local church.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 9: ***Special Location - Clark Hall Room 206, the Baker-Nord Center Seminar Room*** Bush, Barack, and the Meltdown. With Kathryn C. Lavelle, Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs.

October 16: Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: The History of Contraception in America. With James M. Edmonson, Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum

October 23: Reforming Cuyahoga County Government. Speakers TBA

October 30: The University’s “Internationalization” Initiative. With David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs

November 6: Unhealthy Claims About “Healthy” Foods. With Hope Barkoukis, Associate Professor of Nutrition

November 13: What Should the Common Reading for New Students Do? With Mano Singham, Director, University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and Mayo Bulloch, Director, Educational Enhancement Programs at Case Western Reserve University

November 20: Chesapeake Bay and the Need for Dark Green Environmentalism. With Howard R. Ernst, Associate Professor of Political Science, U.S. Naval Academy

November 27: Thanksgiving Break

December 4: What the Health Care Reform Legislation Will Do, or Why Health Care Reform Failed, or Health Care Reform: What Next? or All of the Above. With Joe White, Professor of Political Science

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

The Politics of Marriage: Same-Sex Unions and the Dilemmas of American Legalism

Wednesday September 30, 2009, 7:30 p.m., Moot Court Room, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

The Department of History and History Associates present the 2009 Ubbelohde Lecture featuring Michael Grossberg, a professor of history and law and director of the Indiana University Political and Civic Engagement Program.

Michael Grossberg is a historian of the United States and specializes in the history of law. He has a joint appointment in the Department of History and the School of Law. Professor Grossberg's research focuses on the relationship between law and social change, particularly the intersection of law and the family. He is currently working on a study of child protection in the United States that will assess issues such as child labor, juvenile justice, school reform, disabilities, and child abuse from the 1870s to the present. Professor Grossberg is also co-editing the Cambridge History of Law in the United States, a three-volume collection of articles analyzing the central substantive and methodological developments in American legal history from the colonial period to the present. He has also been involved in several family policy research projects such as an initiative to create guidelines for genetic testing in child custody cases. Professor Grossberg teaches courses in American legal and social history and hasedited the American Historical Review from 1995 to 2005. He has also published several articles on scholarly editing.

Somebody's Watching Me: Surveillance and Privacy in an Age of National Insecurity

Thursday October 22, 2009, a film entitled, The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) will be shown in the Moot Court Room at the Case Western Reserve School of Law from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A full day symposium will follow on Friday October 23, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m in the Moot Court Room.

A Two-Day National Security Symposium: presented by the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy wil feature Mary Ann Stein, Associate Professor of German and International Studies at George Washington University and several panel discussions featuring numerous distinguished guests.

We live in an age of pervasive surveillance that tests traditional understandings of the right to privacy and of Fourth Amendment limitations on government intrusion into our private lives. One obvious impetus for this trend is the heightened sense of insecurity that we feel since September 11, 2001, which has caused us to rethink the proper balance between liberty and security.

National security concerns are not the only forces that have driven increased surveillance. For example, government oversight of eligibility for such entitlements as Medicaid, food stamps, and student loans has produced more efficient and pervasive data collection in recent years. Law enforcement has also availed itself of new surveillance technologies and techniques. Coupled with the growing demand for information, technological innovation at an ever increasing pace greatly enhances the ability of governments and private actors to collect, store, and use personal information in ways that were not contemplated by the framers.

This multi-disciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars and practitioners to explore a number of issues that arise for lawyers and policy makers out of the increasing impetus toward surveillance. Panels will examine: surveillance in public spaces and CCTV (closed circuit television); FISA and FISA reform; the globalization of surveillance; and legal and extralegal resistance to surveillance.

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