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Alice Yang: “Can the President be Torturer in Chief? John Yoo, Executive Authority and Historical Memory”
February 1, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
The Cultural Studies Colloquium Series Presents:
Associate Professor, History, UCSC
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
“Can the President be Torturer in Chief? John Yoo, Executive Authority and Historical Memory”
Professor Yang examines the legal reasoning of the former Justice Department lawyer’s “torture memos” and his arguments that Al Qaeda and Taliban members were not entitled to protections under the Geneva Convention. She explores how Yoo and his critics relied on different historical memories during debates about torture and executive authority.
The Center for Cultural Studies hosts a weekly Wednesday colloquium featuring work by faculty and visitors. The sessions consist of a 30-40 minute presentation followed by discussion. We gather at noon, with presentations beginning at 12:15 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunches; the Center provides coffee, tea, and cookies.
ALL COLLOQUIA ARE IN HUMANITIES 210.