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b2ap3_thumbnail_3-1-Stover-Blackman-lecture.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host Josh Blackman, associate professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston, for a 7:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, March 15. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in Alumni Hall located on the third floor of Miller Hall.

Blackman’s lecture, “Economic Liberty and the Criminal Law,” will explore the U.S. Supreme Court’s divergent perspectives toward economic rights and criminal procedure.

“Professor Blackman’s lecture will highlight a paradox in American Constitutional Law, drawing upon many famous legal examples,” said Dr. Larry Stratton, director of the Stover Center and associate professor of ethics and constitutional law. “Anyone interested in the Rule of Law will find Professor Blackman’s lecture to be fascinating. We are very pleased that this prominent legal scholar and commentator will speak and meet with students at Waynesburg University.”

Blackman specializes in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court and the intersection of law and technology. He is the author of “Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare” and his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and L.A. Times, among other national publications.

He is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and is the founder and president of the Harlan Institute, whose mission is to bring a stylized law school experience into the high school classroom to ensure that the next generation of leaders has a proper understanding of America’s most fundamental laws.

Blackman has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutionality of executive action on immigration and has been named to the “30 Under 30” in Law and Policy by Forbes. Additionally, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and for the Honorable Kim R. Gibson on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

He is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_StoverLogo_WU.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present “Steeling and Dealing: President Truman’s Seizure of the Steel Mills,” Thursday, Sept. 15, at noon in the University’s Goodwin Performing Arts Center. The admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Written by Stover Scholars Andrew J. Stanko, Olivia Schultz-Falandes and Tyler McCoy, “Steeling and Dealing” dramatizes the landmark 1952 Supreme Court case, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer.

The production portrays President Truman’s decision to seize the nation’s steel mills during the Korean Conflict and the political and legal drama that ensued, leading up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s six to three ruling that Truman overstepped constitutional limits on executive power.

The play re-enacts the Supreme Court justices’ reactions to Truman’s actions and demonstrates how the case has shaped legal discourse relating to executive authority in times of both war and peace ever since.

“I am excited that the Stover Scholars conceived this drama of President Truman’s seizure of the Steel Mills during the Korean Conflict and the Supreme Courts’ decision to stop him,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Steel Seizure Case is the constitutional touchstone to address the limits on presidential power.”

Dr. Stratton also noted that the production is relevant in today’s political climate.

“The Stover Scholars portray this story in a compelling manner, which will resonate with students of all ages,” added Dr. Stratton. “The play underscores the importance of the separation of powers to preserve our liberties.”

Edward L. Powers, professor of theater at Waynesburg University, will direct the production. The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Aide – Christine Dawson, a sophomore nursing major from Wexford, PA
  • Top Advisor – Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle, PA
  • President Truman – John Wicker a senior, marketing major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Philip Perlman – Daniel Kephart, a sophomore history and English literature major from Washington, PA
  • Reporter – Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a sophomore political science and history major from North Adams, MA
  • Clarence Randall – Brandon VanTine a senior political science major from New Kensington, PA
  • Mrs. Henry – Elizabeth Trump a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Fairchance, PA
  • Mr. Henry – Timothy DeNofrio, a freshman sociology (pre-law) major from Altoona, PA
  • Judge Pine – Vincent Morrow a junior biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg, PA
  • Mr. Bromley – Harrison Scott a freshman biochemistry major from Greencastle, PA
  • Mr. Kiendl – Ryan Schwertfeger a senior communication major from Oakland, NJ
  • Mr. Baldridge – Andrew Stanko a senior sports broadcasting/sports information major from Lewisburg, PA
  • John Davis – Tyler McCoy a sophomore history major from Jamestown, OH
  • Justice Burton – Katherine McGonigal a freshman finance major from Wheeling, WV
  • Justice Jackson – Nicholas Cordova a junior political science major from Youngstown, OH
  • Chief Justice Vinson – Brendan Keany a senior communication major from East Aurora, NY
  • Justice Black – Micah Stanko a sophomore political science major from Clarksville, PA
  • Justice Clark – Fridolin Firsching, a Stover Intern from Munich, Germany

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b2ap3_thumbnail_David-Skeel.pngThe Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will host a guest lecturer Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor David Skeel will lead a lecture titled, “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World.”

Skeel will also lead a forum in conjunction with Judge Gary Glazer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 on the 3rd floor of the Stover Campus Center. Admission to both events is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Skeel’s lecture will explore the idea that Christianity can explain many of the puzzles of human existence, such as humans’ capacity for idea-making and their inability to create a just social order. Compared with other belief systems, Skeel argues, Christianity provides a more comprehensive framework for understanding human life. He supports the notion that, even in the contemporary world, God can make sense of the complexities of human life.

During the afternoon forum, “Thinking about Law School?,” Skeel and Glazer will describe the law school experience, various specialties in law school and what it is like to practice law. Students will find this afternoon forum to be an informative discussion for those considering law school.

“Professor Skeel and Judge Glazer will explore critical issues relating to ethics and law, which will guide Waynesburg University students to become effective civil leaders,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership and the assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Judge-Gary-Glazer.pngProfessor David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Skeel teaches courses on corporate law, bankruptcy, sovereign debt, poetry and the law, and Christianity and the law. He is the author of “The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences” and “True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World,” as well as numerous articles, books and other publications.  Professor Skeel earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Judge Glazer is a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he has served as a trial judge in the Criminal and Civil Divisions. Prior to joining the court in 1991, Judge Glazer served as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he was the chief of the Fraud Section. He also spent time practicing law at private firms in Philadelphia and Chicago. Judge Glazer earned his Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_STOVER-WEB-LOGO4.jpgWaynesburg University’s Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership will present the play “Checks and Balances: Factions, Federalists, and Freedom” Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Written by Stover Scholar Andrew Stanko and directed by Stover Scholars Addie Pazzynski and Elizabeth Trump, “Checks and Balances” dramatizes the U.S. Constitution's ratification debates.

The production portrays the passions and conflicts between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists as they fiercely debated the merits of the new Constitution created by the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Faced with the formidable task of persuading the states to adopt the document, three Federalists, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, penned a series of 85 essays in defense of the Constitution. Collectively, they came to be called “The Federalist Papers.”

Drawing upon pivotal arguments from three of the most important essays, 10, 51 and 78, “Checks and Balances” engages the constitutional themes of the “extended republic,” the doctrine of “separation of powers” and the necessity of an independent judiciary. The play brings to life the political discourse of the Founding Era and the documents that define us as a nation.

“‘Checks and Balances’ dramatizes the basis for the critical constitutional themes which structurally secure our liberties as Americans,” said Dr. Lawrence M. Stratton, director of the Stover Center and assistant professor of ethics and constitutional law. “The Stover Scholars not only capture the Constitution’s essence as a historical matter, they also show how important these principles are for Americans today.”

The performance is sponsored by the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

The cast list includes:

  • Contestant F: Nika Anschuetz, a senior communication (electronic media) major from Harmony (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School)
  • Dolly Madison: Ashley Beener, a junior sociology (political science) major from Rockwood (Rockwood Area Junior-Senior High School)
  • Miss Henry: Paige Carter, a junior sociology (pre-law) major from Coraopolis (Abundant Life Academy)
  • Judge Richards: Nicholas Cordova, a sophomore sociology (political science) major from Youngstown, Ohio (Boardman High School)
  • Phyllis: Christine Dawson, a freshman nursing major from Wexford (Pine-Richland High School)
  • James Madison: Parker Kantos, a senior sociology (pre-law) major from Waupaca, Wisconsin (Waupaca High School)
  • Studio Person B: John Kautz, a senior business management major from Marianna (Bethlehem Center High School)
  • Contestant E: Brendan Keany, a junior communication (sports broadcasting/information) major from East Aurora, New York (East Aurora High School)
  • Charles: Matthew Kenney, a senior computer science major from Northumberland (Shikellamy High School)
  • Contestant B: Daniel Kephart, a freshman English literature major from Washington (Home School)
  • Studio Person A: Robert Leon, a sophomore finance major from Brookfield, Ohio (Brookfield Local Schools)
  • Contestant D: Tyler McCoy, a freshman history major from Jamestown, Ohio (Greeneview High School)
  • Judge Perry: Vincent Morrow, a sophomore biology (pre-med) major from Waynesburg (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Contestant A: Olivia Schultz-Falandes, a freshman sociology (political science) major from North Adams, Massachusetts (Berkshire Arts and Technology School)
  • Mr. Morris: Ryan Schwertfeger, a junior communication (electronic media) major from Oakland, New Jersey (Indian Hills High School)
  • Contestant C: Joanna Scott, a junior nursing major from Greencastle (Greencastle-Antrim High School)
  • Host: Andrew Stanko, a junior communication (sports broadcasting) major from Lewisburg (Lewisburg Area High School) 
  • Studio Person C: Brandon VanTine, a junior sociology (political science) major from New Kensington (Valley High School)
  • Alexander Hamilton: John Wicker, a junior marketing major from Ambridge (Eden Christian Academy)

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Stover-Photo.jpgRepresentative Pam Snyder met with Waynesburg University’s Stover Scholars Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  She discussed the importance of protecting the coal industry and responsibly developing natural gas, the challenges facing women in politics and about her commitment to seeking common ground in the political sphere.  

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