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U.S. Supreme Court Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University


January 16, 2007

Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University and legal affairs editor of The New Republic, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Ohio Wesleyan University. Rosen, a leading Supreme Court expert, will discuss how personality and rivalry shape the nation’s highest court and, in turn, the nation itself.

Rosen’s speech, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. After the event, Rosen will sign copies of his new book, The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. The book, published this month, is the companion piece to a four-part PBS series on the Supreme Court that will be broadcast from 9-11 p.m. over two consecutive Wednesdays: Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.

In commenting about the court, Rosen says: “When I began covering the Supreme Court in the 1990s as a journalist, I discovered that the quirks of temperament a justice brings to the bench can have as much influence on court rulings as any elaborate legal ideology. … I’ve learned that political savvy, a degree of humility and common sense, and the ability to interact well in groups are the most important things in determining a justice’s long-term impact.”

As a journalist, Rosen’s essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker. His other books include The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, which The New York Times called “the definitive text on privacy perils in the digital age.”

Rosen’s speech is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government. It is part of the Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs, which is endowed by Marsh, a 1950 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and an attorney in Maumee, Ohio.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.