2016 Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Justice Antonin Scalia

Photo credit: The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Event Details


Date: March 9, 2016

In the wake of today’s news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, Augustana University officials today announced that the Boe Forum on Public Affairs, originally planned for Wednesday, March 9, has been canceled.

Justice Scalia was to have been the featured speaker at the 20th Boe Forum for a discussion on "Whether the U.S. Constitution is a Living Document.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scalia family, the members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and our nation at this difficult time."
— President Rob Oliver

More than 3,000 free tickets had been reserved for the Boe Forum, sponsored by the Center for Western Studies.

“Since its inception in 1995, the Boe Forum on Public Affairs has sought to provide access to individuals who can address events, issues, or problems of worldwide or national concern and of broad public interest,” said Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies, earlier this year when the University announced Scalia as the Boe speaker.

“Justice Scalia was, without question, such an individual.”

Augustana originally announced Scalia as the Boe Forum speaker in November. At that time, members of the Boe Forum Committee said “Justice Scalia’s presence on campus and his discussion before students and the public will no doubt challenge all of us to examine the ever-important role the Constitution holds in our society today.”