Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Kobylka and the students in his Honors Program class “The Supreme Court Seminar” are spending six days in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., doing research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices. Each student has developed a unique research topic, question, and design, and will use the justices’ papers to find evidence to help answer the question and write a culminating original research paper.
An update from Cooper B., a first-year student studying finance: Wow, what a week capped by so many different emotions. First and foremost was excitement, never before did I think I would be allowed to delve into the primary documents of the Supreme Court Justices that have shaped American history. I felt a genuine sense of awe in holding documents, like Brown v Board of Education and New York Times v Sullivan, that have ended segregation and delineated rights of the press. Walking into, and engaging with, a room filled with landmark history is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that I did not plan on squandering. Once the excitement had its effect, a new significantly less pleasant emotion [...]