Visiting Scholar Program: The Supreme Court in the Modern Age

Wednesday, 4/24/2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Coats Campus Center, Wille Hall

Visiting Scholar will offer Supreme Court insight, analysis

The U.S. Supreme Court has the power to sidestep public opinion, upend federal legislation, constrain state governance and even bring down the president—wielding a force that’s a far cry from its original intended design. Alison Gash, Ph.D., a University of Oregon political science associate professor, will discuss the Supreme Court’s history and present-day capacity during “The Supreme Court: What’s Next and Why it Matters,” at the Coats Campus Center, from 6:30-8 p.m., on Wednesday, April 24.

Free student tickets are available at the Coats Campus Center Information Desk and OSU-Cascades' Student Life Office, Tykeson Hall, Room 110. For all others, tickets are $10 and available here.

Today’s Supreme Court is one of the most powerful policymaking institutions in the United States. Gash will discuss the court’s humble beginnings, its skirmishes with legislative and executive branches during the New Deal era, and its foray into areas of privacy, intimacy and expression. The presentation will share how the court’s makeup—its personalities and relationships—can make or break American public policy.

An expert in U.S. courts, gender, race, sexuality, constitutional rights and public policy, Gash is the author of “Below the Radar: How Silence Can Save Civil Rights” and has been a contributor to Washington Monthly, Politico, Slate, Huffington Post, Newsweek and Fortune. Her research explores how advocates work to overcome contentious policy debates and help influence “facts on the ground.”

For more information on this event, contact Charlotte Gilbride, coordinator for the COCC Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program, at 541-383-7257 or This program is sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation, the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, Associated Students of COCC, Associated Students of OSU-Cascades and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

The Supreme Court: What's Next and Why it Matters