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We the People Summer Institute Presenters

The Indiana Bar Foundation is proud of the speakers supporting the annual We the People Summer Institute.  Again this year, We are grateful for the outstanding individuals who will be part of this year’s professional development experience. The Foundation is also grateful to those supporting our Civic Education program.

Professor Joseph Stewart

Professor Stewart teaches at the College of Behavioral, social, and health sciences at Clemson University. Joseph Stewart, Jr. has previously held teaching or research positions at institutions from California to New Jersey, from Georgia to Wisconsin, and a lot of points in between. His research interest spans civil rights policies, racial and ethnic politics, public policy, educational policy, and public law. His work has appeared in various political science, education, public policy, public administration, public law, and interdisciplinary journals. Stewart is the Past President of the Southwestern Political Science Association and Southwestern Social Science Association.

Presentation topic: The First Amendment

Professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer

Tuesday, June 20

Professor Fuentes-Rohwer is the Harry T. Ice Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of civil rights and legal history, with a particular emphasis on constitutional law and the Reconstruction Era. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of race and democratic theory, as reflected in the law of democracy in general and the Voting Rights Act in particular. He is interested in the way that institutions—and especially courts—are asked to craft and implement the ground rules of American politics. He received a J.D. and a Ph.D from the University of Michigan and an LL.M. from Georgetown. He joined the faculty in 2002.

Presentation topic: Due Process, Equal Protection, and Civil Rights.

Dr. Robert Dion

Wednesday, June 21

Dr. Robert Dion

Robert Dion firmly believes that citizens need to understand and be involved in the political system. He has taught American politics courses at the University of Evansville since 2001. Before he came to the University of Evansville, he taught at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and at Wabash College. Outside the classroom, Professor Dion serves as the chairperson of the local civil rights commission and on the boards of several organizations. He is regularly quoted in news stories about political developments in Indiana or in the United States, and he has appeared frequently on radio and television news programs, including several French-language broadcast outlets.

Presentation topic: Foreign & International Relations