Next Conversation: November 13, 2019


WE THE PEOPLE: Impeachment and Constitutional Crisis

Red Raider Ballroom, 5:30 - 7:00p.m.

Mission Statement

Civil Counterpoints: A Campus Conversation Series aims to stimulate thoughtful and respectful dialogue on volatile contemporary issues among members of the Texas Tech community. The series offers the university community opportunities to hear experts in the field tackle difficult topics through the engaged dialogues we encourage in the classroom, the lab, our hallways, and other forums. The series strives to highlight the diversity of research, creative endeavors and critical analysis on campus, and to demonstrate the possibilities for meaningfulcollaboration across disciplines, perspectives, and expertise in a respectful environment. Among the hallmarks of a vibrant and engaged university is the safeguarding of academic freedom, a principle that protects our ability to explore, discuss, investigate, and challenge oneanother's ideas intellectually and courteously.

Civil Counterpoints

WE THE PEOPLE: Impeachment and Constitutional Crisis

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Red Raider Ballroom

Even in this moment in our nation's history when our political conversations are characterized by divisive bitterness and reactionary polarization, few controversies have been as incendiary as the possible impeachment of a president. In the 230 years since George Washington's first inaugural, only two commanders-in-chief have ever been impeached, though countless others have faced the threat in varying degrees. Setting personal political inclinations aside, what does the Constitution actually say about the matter? How have the courts defined the impeachable standard of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”? How do we contextualize the current impeachment inquiry? And how can we unravel the intricacies of an impending constitutional crisis?

This fall “Civil Counterpoints” at Texas Tech will explore these issues and more with the help of expert guests and a fully engaged audience, ready to embrace both mutual respect and diversity of thought. Please join us on Wednesday evening, November 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Ballroom of the Student Union Building for what will certainly be an educational and provocative discussion. A reception with the guests will immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Guests for the Nov. 13 Session

John Watts

Texas Tech School of Law


Mark McKenzie

Texas Tech Department of Political Science


Tom Sell

Combest, Sell & Associates, Lubbock


Nancy Beck Young

Department of History, University of Houston


Prior Discussions

President Schovanec's Civil Counterpoints Greeting (Video)March 19, 2019 – “Perspectives on Pot: Marijuana in U.S. Society”Oct. 1, 2018 – “Global (dis)Order? The U.S. Role in International Affairs”Apr. 4, 2018 – “Title IX and Inclusion”Feb. 6, 2018 – “A Matter of Facts: Press Freedom and Public Access to Information”Nov. 15, 2017 - “Waking from the American DREAM: Immigration and DACA”Oct. 3, 2017 - "Cooling Down the Heated Debates: Understanding Approaches to Climate Change"May 1, 2017 - “Speaking Freely: The Need for Opinion Diversity”

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Media reports of conflicts on university campuses 2016-17

Essays/research regarding higher education institution's roles in society during turbulent times

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