'Elizabeth I: Ruler And Legend' On Display At CU's Norlin Library From June 25 Through Aug. 6

first_img Published: June 9, 2004 “Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend,” a national traveling exhibition that focuses on the brilliant monarch who ruled England from 1558 until 1603, opens at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Norlin Library on June 25 for six weeks. Organized by the Newberry Library of Chicago in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the free exhibition shows how Elizabeth I transformed England into one of the most powerful and culturally rich countries in the world. Norlin Library, with the help of several campus departments and centers, is sponsoring free films, lectures and other public events in connection with the exhibition. The exhibit will be open seven days a week in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the library’s fifth floor from noon to 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will be closed July 3-5. An opening gala will be held June 25 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of “The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power,” will deliver the keynote presentation, “Elizabeth I: Dreams of Danger,” at 4:15 p.m. Free refreshments will be served and Elizabethan music will be played from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. CU-Boulder is one of only 12 academic libraries in the country selected to host the exhibit and is one of two locations to feature the exhibit in Colorado, along with the Montrose District Library. The exhibit will appear at 40 public and academic libraries across the nation until March 2006. The national exhibit consists of 36 six-foot-high panels featuring high-quality color images reproduced from rare books, manuscripts, maps, letters, paintings and artifacts in the Newberry Library collections, and from significant items held by the British Library, the collection of Queen Elizabeth II and distinguished private collections. The panels are accompanied by text explaining the different periods of her life. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign in 1558, many questioned whether a woman could rule England. But during nearly 45 years on the throne, Elizabeth won her subjects’ allegiance through wise decisions, courage in the face of conflict and court intrigues, and skill in maintaining a strong public image. The exhibit was curated by Clark Hulse, professor of English and art history and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The exhibit was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from the Vance Family Fund and the University of Illinois at Chicago. For a complete schedule of events visit http://www-libraries.colorado.edu/wess/Elizabeth.htm or call (303) 492-8887. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Montana Legal Experts Warn that Gorsuch Will Back Dark Money

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The conservative political group behind a multi-million-dollar ad campaign to influence the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch has taken aim at U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, pressing the Montana Democrat to vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the Supreme Court seat.In a recent spate of television ads, the Judicial Crisis Network extolls the Supreme Court nominee and slams Tester and other vulnerable red-state Democrats who have straddled the fence about whether they will support Gorsuch, the nominee to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.While Tester has not yet announced how he will vote on Gorsuch’s confirmation, saying he is continuing to get feedback from his constituents and review the judge’s qualifications, he has said explicitly that he is concerned about the role of money in politics, which was the topic of a tense exchange during the jurist’s confirmation hearing.“Jon is deeply concerned about the flood of dark money that has come into Montana to try and influence this important post,” said Tester’s communications director, Marnee Banks.Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has said unequivocally he would stand with his party to back Gorsuch, while two Democrats have crossed the aisle to pledge their support.But many Democrats are still bristling over the Senate Republican majority’s refusal to even grant a hearing to Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, and remain entrenched in their opposition to a Gorsuch confirmation.Still, a panel of Montana legal experts on March 30, including a former Montana Supreme Court justice and a constitutional law professor, warned against a Gorsuch confirmation not for political retribution, but because of the proliferation of outside money in campaign spending.According to former Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson, it’s no surprise that an out-of-state political action committee is going to the well to shore up support for Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court, which Nelson opposes due to Gorsuch’s record on money in politics. Nelson called Gorsuch “an Antonin Scalia wannabe” whose real aim isn’t to interpret the Constitution through an originalist’s lens, but to protect “limitless corporate political speech” rather than promote transparency.“Sens. Daines and Tester cannot vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch,” Nelson said, “without effectively thumbing their noses at the supermajority of Montanans” who approved the Corporate Contributions Initiative, or I-166, a 2012 citizens’ initiative that instructed Montana’s members of Congress to support efforts to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which struck down federal restrictions on unlimited electoral spending by corporations, unions and individuals.Nelson, who now serves on the board of the anti-Citizens United group Free Speech for People, said Montana voters overwhelmingly approved the statewide ballot initiative, with 75 percent voting in favor, which should send a signal to the state’s congressional delegation.Anthony Johnstone, a professor at UM’s law school, served as Montana Solicitor when he drafted an amicus brief for 26 states in Citizens United, urging the Supreme Court to leave state limits on corporate electioneering alone.Johnstone said that Gorsuch’s 10th Circuit is famously strict about what states can do individually to govern money in politics, and that his position would track along those lines if confirmed, eroding states’ individual rights to curb outside money.“I think the right approach is to understand that judges are principled people but politics is what decides which one of them gets on the Supreme Court,” Johnstone said. “He is a smart, articulate judge, and his opinions are fun to teach, but outside of the classroom they have major impacts, and we can anticipate major impacts on money in politics in Montana.”As pressure mounts from both sides, Democrats like Tester, who is up for reelection in 2018, find themselves between a rock and a hard place — a vote for Gorsuch will rankle the progressive base, while a vote against the nominee will arm Republicans ahead of the election, and Tester could be made to look like an obstructionist.The Judicial Crisis Network, the out-of-state political action committee, has reportedly pledged to spend $10 million on ad buys targeting Tester, as well as Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who on March 30 announced she would vote to confirm Gorsuch. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, also posted on Twitter that he would vote in favor of Gorsuch.The same group spent $7 million lobbying to block Garland’s nomination by Obama.Senate Democrats have indicated their intent to filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation on April 7. A final confirmation requires a simple majority vote before the full Senate, while 60 votes are required to invoke cloture and end a filibuster.With Republicans controlling just 52 seats, Senate Republicans could also employ the so-called “nuclear option” and change the cloture rule to require a simple majority vote to shut down a filibuster, a tactic used in 2013 by the then Democratic-controlled Senate to change the cloture requirement for cabinet confirmations and federal judges serving on a lower court to a simple majority.Johnstone said the Republican-led Senate’s refusal to hold a hearing for a sitting president’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court was unprecedented, creating a textured environment for Gorsuch.“That has never happened in American history where a sitting president was denied authorization to fill a seat on the Supreme Court before his successor,” Johnstone said. “As they say in diplomacy, everything is on the table for the Senate and unfortunately we are seeing the greatest level of politicization of the confirmation process that we have seen in decades. And that is bad for the court and it is bad for the confidence in the court.” Emaillast_img read more