International law on trial at Coe Thursday Forum

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2010-10-21 13:18:49 - General

Coe’s Thursday Forum lecture series ends the calendar year by examining how the United States is responding to the shifting landscape of international legal systems. “Does America Lead or Follow? Two Studies of International Law” will be presented beginning Nov. 4 by Business Professor David Hayes.

Hayes will first examine the international legal developments involving climate change, including the United States’ withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol and pacesetting role in the Copenhagen Accord. Second, Hayes will compare two of the newest constitutions in the world, those of Iraq and Kosovo.

After a one-week hiatus for Thanksgiving, the series concludes for 2010 on Dec. 2. Thursday Forum returns in February.

Meanwhile, attendees are invited to a free public talk by Physics Professor Steve Feller about the play “Copenhagen” at 11 a.m. on Dec. 9 in Kesler Lecture Hall. The play, about the real-life meeting of atomic physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in occupied Copenhagen in 1941, will be performed in the Dows Theater on Jan. 27-30. The three-member cast includes Barb and Steve Feller and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett. Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Steven Marc Weiss will direct. The play was featured in Feller and Barnett's September 2009 Thursday Forum on "Science and the Stage."

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. Each series concludes with a luncheon on the final Thursday.

The courses are open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost is $10 per week or $30 for a four-week course. Gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • “Does America Lead or Follow? Two Studies of International Law” – Nov. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 2.
  • “The Gospel of John: Christ, Crisis and Community” – Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24.
  • “Pseudoscience: A Modern Disease” – March 3, 10, 17, 24.
  • “Great Hollywood Film Directors of the 1930s: The ‘Foreign’ Influence” – April 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • “Plato and the ‘Republic’” – May 5, 12, 19, 26.