Feb. 1 Alice Yang: “Can the President be Torturer in Chief? John Yoo, Executive Authority and Historical Memory”

Feb. 1 Alice Yang: “Can the President be Torturer in Chief? John Yoo, Executive Authority and Historical Memory”

Professor Yang examines the legal reasoning of the former Justice Department lawyer’s “torture memos” and his arguments that Al Qaeda and Taliban members were not entitled to protections under the Geneva Convention. She explores how Yoo and his critics relied on different historical memories during debates about torture and executive authority.

Alice Yang is an Associate Professor of History at UCSC, and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories.