It is rare to have the best in the world critique your work. But that’s just what our students received this week in our speechwriting/first amendment case study. Our featured guests, Lissa Muscatine and Megan Rooney, are seasoned White House and State Department speechwriters who have written some of the most famous American speeches in the last 25 years.
Under what circumstances, if any, should our government put someone to death? Does our current system ensure that everyone gets a fair chance at justice? If there are problems, is it worth investing the necessary time and money to fix it?
After focusing our first few weeks on international issues, in our fourth case study we turned our attention to one of our thorniest domestic ethical issues: the death penalty. In our exploration we met with three distinguished attorneys, each at a different stage of his career. Each gave a different view on the topic and each provoked us into a greater understanding of the issue’s complexities.Read More
The Israeli-Palestinian dispute is arguably the most intractable of our times. The disagreement is so fraught with anger and misunderstanding that many question every word, every historical event, every intention presented. And yet the problem remains, and will remain until we have leaders–perhaps including a few SEGL graduates–who conquer it.
This week, our students heard (and discussed) three key perspectives from three key leaders whose work continues to impact the conflict.Read More