Political Science in Washington, 2013

As part of the University Honors Program political science course “Law, Politics and the Supreme Court,” students and Political Science Associate Professor Joe Kobylka are spending spring break 2013 in Washington, D.C. The students are conducting research on Supreme Court cases at the Library of Congress.

A little bit of R&R: Research Recreation!

An update from Katelyn, a sophomore majoring in journalism, Spanish and political science, and conducting research on the Supreme Court's opinions on student rights: Today was our first full day of researching in the Library of Congress, and it’s already shaping up to be an interesting week. Just got our Library of Congress reader cards! I’m researching the Supreme Court’s change in opinion on student rights in schools from the time of Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) through the current courts. I’m using the papers of the justices to get a full idea of how, and more important, why the Court changed its view of student rights in schools. Before any of us could look at our specific research [...]

2013-03-13T18:55:29+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Like coming home again

An update from Brandon B., a third-year political science, history and English major who is conducting research on "swing Justices" on the Court: As I got off the plane at Washington Reagan National Airport, hopped on the DC Metro Orange Line, unpacked my bags at the Ballston Comfort Inn, all I could think was, "It's just like coming home again." Of course I'm not actually from this area, and I've only been to Washington, D.C., once, but going through all the procedures and preparations for this seminar once again certainly felt familiar to me. My experience on this trip is unique compared to most other students in that it's my second time participating in Professor Kobylka's Supreme Court seminar. While some [...]

2013-03-13T16:16:48+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Blisters and Byron

An update from Kristine, a sophomore majoring in real estate finance and minoring in law and legal reasoning and Spanish, who is researching Justice Byron White’s position in libel cases over his tenure on the Court and why he ultimately called for the reversal of his opinion in the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan: Starting at 3 a.m. on Monday, my mind and body have been running nonstop; hence, my two little pinky toes are about to fall off. After landing safely in D.C., we hopped on the metro (although it wasn’t that easy since the machines take only $1, $5, and $10 bills) to the most perfect hotel in Ballston, Virginia (as it has complimentary breakfast). Shortly [...]

2013-03-18T19:59:44+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

An original drawing from Thomas Jefferson

An update from Brandon F., a sophomore political science and accounting major who is conducting research on the development and eventual end of Brown v. Board’s doctrine of “All Deliberate Speed...”: So far, so good. Since 4 a.m. Monday, we’ve been on the go. With Day 1 consisting of touring the Jefferson building of the Library of Congress, pictures outside the Supreme Court, and the always hectic airport, we couldn’t ask for a better start to the week. Today marked the first day of research at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Upon sitting down at our tutorial session, I see an enormous folder containing an original drawing from Thomas Jefferson. As we circulate these amazing documents, the magnitude of the [...]

2013-03-14T15:20:20+00:00 March 12th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|
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