Meet VCU's Authors: Jason Arnold
James Branch Cabell Library, lecture hall (room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284
Jason Arnold, Associate Professor of Political Science, will talk about his new book, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promises and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws (University Press of Kansas, 2014).
A series of laws passed in the 1970s promised the nation unprecedented transparency in government, a veritable "sunshine era." But although citizens enjoyed a new arsenal of secrecy-busting tools, officials developed a handy set of workarounds, from over classification to concealment, shredding and burning. It is this dark side of the sunshine era that Jason Arnold explores in the first comprehensive, comparative history of presidential resistance to the new legal regime, from Reagan-Bush to the first term of Obama-Biden. Regardless of party, administrations have consistently worked to weaken the system's legal foundations. Secrecy in the Sunshine Era reveals how our information society has been kept in the dark in too many ways and for too long.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street, and West Cary Street parking decks. For questions, please call Gregory Kimbrell, events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.
For more information about the event, see the event listing from the VCU Humanities Research Center. For information about all Humanities Research Center events, see the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences events list.
The Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries present the "Meet VCU's Authors" series.
Image: Blue and golden paper marbling, book back cover, Germany, around 1880, scanned by Roman Eisele