Faculty authors to discuss Hollywood’s portrayal of the Constitution

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Eric Kasper and Quentin Vieregge

Dr. Eric Kasper (left) and Dr. Quentin Vieregge

Dr. Eric Kasper and Dr. Quentin Vieregge, faculty members at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, respectively, will discuss their recent book, “The United States Constitution in Film: Part of Our National Culture,” Dec. 5 during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" event. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. 

Kasper and Vieregge will examine movie portrayals of various constitutional rights and powers, illuminating how these films have tried to engage the document and teach the viewer something about it. They also will expose myths where they exist in films, drawing conclusions about how Hollywood’s constitutional lessons have changed over time, ultimately comparing these films to what the Constitution says and how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted it.

Kasper is an associate professor of political science at UW Eau Claire, where he also serves as director of the Center for Constitutional Studies. He teaches courses in constitutional law, political theory, mock trial and American politics and has published on various subjects, particularly the U.S. Constitution. Kasper also serves as the municipal judge in Rice Lake, where he lives with his family. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited a total of six books. 

Vieregge is an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County. He teaches first-year composition, advanced composition, business writing, literature and film courses. Vieregge has published in the areas of rhetoric and composition as well as popular culture. His publications include the co-authored book “Agency in the Age of Peer Production” and a chapter in the edited collection “You Shook Me All Campaign Long: The Role of Music in the 2016 Presidential Election and Beyond.”  

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy as you listen to our speakers. The Riverside Café, located in the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Student Center, is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the academic year.  

The series is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. 

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at tollefla@uwec.edu or 715-788-6216.