In Dubois Institute lecture series, Ogletree reflects on Obama’s narrative

Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree delivered the Nathan I. Huggins Lecture on November 15th, 16th, and 17th at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. The lecture series, “Understanding Obama,” is divided into three parts: “From Barry to Barack,” “The Emergence of Race” and “The Conundrum of Race.” 

Vivek Wadhwa: On jobs, Obama needs to be a radical

The only way we can keep Americans fully employed and maintain our global lead is by constantly improving their productivity and skills, writes Vivek Wadhwa, a senior research associate for the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, in an op-ed in today’s Washington Post. In his op-ed,  “On jobs, Obama needs to be a radical,” published on the eve on the president’s address to the nation, Wadhwa writes that American companies must be provided with the incentives to invest in their workers as they used to.

Mack on the History News Network: Progressives are disenchanted with Obama—Abolitionists were disenchanted with Lincoln

In his July 10 op-ed for George Mason University’s History News Network, Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth W. Mack ’91 assesses the presidency of Barack Obama ’91, comparing it to that of Abraham Lincoln in terms of each president’s respective policy decisions.

Benkler in The New York Review of Books: Private Manning’s Humiliation

In an open letter published recently in The New York Review of Books, Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and co-author Bruce Ackerman, professor at Yale Law School, detail the detention of Bradley Manning, a US soldier charged with providing government documents to Wikileaks, and call on President Obama and the Pentagon to document grounds for what the authors describe as “illegal and immoral” confinement.

Goldsmith in Slate: The president’s campaign against Libya is constitutional

In a recent op-ed in Slate, Professor Jack Goldsmith makes the case for why President Obama’s campaign of air and sea strikes against Libya is constitutional.  Goldsmith says that while he agrees with “many of the arguments from critics of the intervention that  President Obama acted imprudently in committing American forces to a conflict with an ill-defined national security justification,”  he does not believe that the military action is unconstitutional. Goldsmith’s op-ed, “War Power,” appeared in the March 21, 2011 edition of Slate. A former assistant attorney general in the Bush Administration, Goldsmith is the author of “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgement Inside the Bush Administration” (New York : W.W. Norton & Company 2007).

Stories from the West Wing

Three faculty who served in the Obama administration, and recently returned to HLS, talk to writer Elaine McArdle about gridlock, being part of history, living life at warp speed and the day the Easter Bunny blacked out the White House.