Th@U will feature Law Day Speaker

By Barb Lang

The next Thursdays @ the U event scheduled for May 1 will feature Dr. John Evans as the Law Day guest speaker.  This presentation will be held from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake.  All series presentations are open to the public free of charge. 

Law Day is celebrated annually and celebrates liberty, equality and justice under law and it cultivates respect for the law that is vital to democracy.


In commemoration of Law Day, Dr. Evans will be speaking on “Are you Searching or Being Searched? Fourth Amendment Rights to Privacy in the Digital Age.”  The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of “their persons, houses, papers, and effects.” What constitutes an unreasonable search? What is included in the phrase “persons, houses, papers, and effects?” The Supreme Court has long wrestled with these questions.  In the digital age and with the advent of terrorism, these questions have become even more complicated.


Dr. John Evans is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he teaches and does research on public law and political theory.  Prof. Evans’ current research interests are the political and constitutional theory of the American Founding with particular attention to the works of John Adams.  Prof. Evans received his Ph.D. from UW- Madison, an M.A. from McGill University, and a B.S. from UW-Madison.  Prof. Evans previously taught at California State University Northridge and the UW-River Falls. 


Free copies of the U.S. Constitution will also be distributed at this event. 

The final Thursdays @ the U presentation will be on May 8 and will feature presentations by UW-BC student Learning Innovation Prize winners.
The Thursdays @ the U Lecture Series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation.  For more information, contact the campus at 715-234-8176.


Joel Friederich