Pennsylvanians won’t be voting or caucusing with more than 20 other states on Super Tuesday, but they are welcome to attend a lively discussion of politics that day at Widener Law.
Master storyteller and Associate Law Professor Wesley Oliver
, now a veteran Iowa caucus volunteer, will speak on what makes Super Tuesday so super and share other reflections on the 2008 presidential primary race.
The event happens Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in room L202
of the main law building on the Harrisburg campus. It is free and open to the public.
Oliver, who teaches constitutional law and criminal law, spent a month in Iowa during the 2007 holiday season volunteering for then Democratic-presidential-nominee hopeful Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. Oliver crisscrossed the Hawkeye state meeting Iowans, working to spread Biden’s message in the hopes of persuading voters to support him in the nation’s first caucus, held Jan. 3. While Biden has since dropped out of the race, the Iowa experience invigorated the Virginia-born Oliver, whose lively stories of the Iowans he met, their quirky political system and the wider battle of Super Tuesday are certain to educate and entertain.
Oliver received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia and a master of laws degree from Yale Law School. He has previously served on the faculties of the Tulane Law School, the University of Maine School of Law, the McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal, Canada and the Harvard Law School where he taught criminal law with Professor Alan Dershowitz.