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CSLS Speaker Series: SAM ERMAN
Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Fall 2019 CSLS Speaker Series
Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law
Speaking on his book
Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire
Almost Citizens lays out the tragic story of how the United States denied Puerto Ricans full citizenship following annexation of the island in 1898. As America became an overseas empire, a handful of remarkable Puerto Ricans debated with U.S. legislators, presidents, judges, and others over who was a citizen and what citizenship meant. This struggle caused a fundamental shift in constitutional jurisprudence: away from the post-Civil War regime of citizenship, rights, and statehood and toward doctrines that accommodated racist imperial governance. Erman’s gripping account shows how, in the wake of the Spanish– American War, administrators, lawmakers, and presidents, together with judges, deployed creativity and ambiguity to transform constitu- tional law and interpretation over a quarter century of debate and litigation. The result is a history in which the United States and Latin America, Reconstruction and empire, and law and bureaucracy intertwine.
The Intro and Chapter 4 of Almost Citizens is available online and in hard copy at the center.
Please join us on Monday, September 16 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Catherine Albiston, Faculty Director
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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