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Wed, Jan 27 | Online Lecture

Like A Family: Divisions of Friends, Theories, and Ideologies on the United States Supreme Court, Dr. Alan Sager

What if Constitutional Interpretation were a field where “divisions” are much less polarized, and far more civilized, than we are inclined to think? Join Dr. Alan Sager share personal and precious anecdotes about working at the Supreme Court.
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Like A Family: Divisions of Friends, Theories, and Ideologies on the United States Supreme Court, Dr. Alan Sager

Time & Location

Jan 27, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Online Lecture

About The Event

Program description:

What if Constitutional Interpretation were a field where “divisions” are much less polarized, and far more civilized, than we are inclined to think? What if, as is true within a family, Supreme Court Justices reasonably disagree--and dramatically so--while remaining fellow believers of the same constitutional doctrine, and even while being and remaining good friends? What does this tell us, if anything, about how we  might get to the same place in our lives and our relationships?

These are the questions that will animate a most lively, interactive, and undoubtedly fascinating lecture by Dr. Alan Sager, who will also share with us some personal and precious anecdotes about Supreme Court Justices that he was able to meet in person, as a result of working at the Supreme Court."

Our COVID response for our programs

Based on the current order for the City of Austin's response to COVID, this event will be online only. Rest assured, this will nonetheless be a most lively and interactive lecture, with plenty of time for questions and comments with our stellar guest speaker. 

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with Zoom link and instructions. 

About our Scholar:

Dr. Alan Sager, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Alan Sager has taught Government at The University of Texas at Austin for more than 30 years, currently as a Lecturer. He now teaches in the area of judicial process and behavior, election law and constitutional development, but he used to teach statistics and computer modelling as well. Dr. Sager also operates 64 Supercuts Hair Salons in three states, with 300 employees.

Dr. Sager holds  a B.S. Cum Laude from Tufts School of Engineering, a J.D. Cum Laude from Michigan Law School, and a Ph.d. in Political Science from Northwestern University. He was a Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1974-75.

He is a past President of the Austin JCC (now Shalom Austin) and of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin. He was Travis County Texas Republican Party Chairman from 2000-2008.

About this semester's themes:

The Great Divides

Polarization is a buzz word and all one has to do is spend a few minutes on the internet or watching TV to figure out why. On issue after issue, we are divided. From constitutional law to climate change to the relationship between religion and science, the spring 2021 semester's programming at the Austin Institute is designed to convey a sense of the landscape, to map out many of the biggest disagreements separating Americans.

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