Humanities Research Center

Meet VCU’s Authors: Jason Arnold

February 17th, 2016

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.

February 17th, 2016
7.00 pm
Cabell Library Lecture Hall
Admission is free and all are welcome!