Matheson to Present Authors @ Google Talk on June 24

On Wednesday, June 24, Scott Matheson, a professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, will present a talk from his new book Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times as part of the Authors@Google series. Matheson’s talk will begin at 1:00 PST (2:00 MDT).

Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times examines the appropriate scope of presidential power during a crisis, using examples from American history, including Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War; Woodrow Wilson’s enforcement of the Espionage Act of 1917 during World War I; Franklin D. Roosevelt’s evacuation and internment of West Coast Japanese during World War II; Harry S. Truman’s seizure of the steel mills during the Korean War; and George W. Bush’s torture, surveillance, and detention programs following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to the Google website, the Authors@Google program brings authors to Google for informal talks focused on their recently published books. “Googlers are treated to readings of everything from serious literature and political analysis to pioneering science fiction and moving personal memoirs; past participants have ranged from novelist Salman Rushdie and economist Jeffrey Sachs to journalist Bob Woodward and U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. When possible, we share these remarkable conversations with the world outside the Googleplex through our YouTube channel.”

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