Theme for 2017: Checks and Balances?
Our governance system was established to prevent abuse of power, but checks and balances come from many sectors of society both within and outside of the government, within the US and beyond. How does it work? What happens when it fails? What roles do advocacy and activism play? This year’s Sidore lectures will answer these questions in relation to civic education, law, politics, science, and the media.
All Sidore lectures 2017 are at the Silver Center for the Arts, in Smith Recital Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
For reservations or to arrange special accommodations, call (603) 535-ARTS.
ANDREW JACKSON AND PRESIDENTIAL POWER
DANIEL FELLER | MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7 PM | SMITH RECITAL HALL
The United States Constitution ordained a system of checks and balances within the federal government, but how they would work in practice remained to be seen. Andrew Jackson’s presidency presented the first great test of executive authority, as he stretched his powers in every direction, and came into conflict with the courts, Congress, and even his own Cabinet. In the end, Jackson redefined the nature and limits of presidential power for generations to come.
Daniel Feller is professor of history, distinguished professor in the humanities, and editor and director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson at the University of Tennessee. His books include The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics and The Jacksonian Promise. Feller has appeared on several popular television broadcasts and was the lead scholar on “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency” for PBS.
A CONVERSATION WITH SACHA PFEIFFER
SACHA PFEIFFER | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7 PM | SMITH RECITAL HALL
Decades before a pioneer of investigative journalism, W.T. Stead, perished on the Titanic, his shocking exposé of child prostitution in London led to the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act. How has this legacy of investigation and accountability held up in the 21st century? What challenges does today’s investigative journalist face? Drawing on her extensive experiences in the field, the award-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team reporter Sacha Pfeiffer will address these and other issues related to the role of investigative journalists in our current media landscape.
Journalist Sacha Pfeiffer was a member of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse. That reporting is the subject of the 2015 movie Spotlight, in which Pfeiffer is played by actress Rachel McAdams. In more than a decade at the Globe, Pfeiffer has produced numerous
investigative series, has been the host of All Things Considered and Radio Boston at WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, where she won a national 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast reporting, and a guest host of NPR’s On Point and Here & Now.
ADVOCATING FOR KIDS
IRWIN REDLENER | MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7 PM | SMITH RECITAL HALL
Irwin Redlener will review the most challenging issues facing children today, including access to health care and availability of a quality education for children living in poverty. He will also address the strategies likely to prove effective in eliminating barriers to essential services and how each of us can make a difference.
Dr. Irwin Redlener (professor of health policy & management at Columbia University) is co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund, a philanthropic initiative that he created with singer/song-writer Paul Simon and Karen Redlener to develop health care programs in 25 of the nation’s most medically underserved urban and rural communities. Redlener is also founder and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, which focuses on the vulnerability of children during and after large-scale disasters. His latest book, The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for 21st Century America (Columbia University Press) will be released in September 2017.