Nevada Humanities Salon: The Constitution: What it Means to Me

Print edition sales of the United States Constitution have never been higher, with an average of 19,800 copies sold each month. Public interest in the founding documents are at an all-time high, leading us to ask, “what does the Constitution mean to you?” Join Nevada Humanities as we pose this and other questions at The Salon on Friday, January 17, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music. Moderated by Alison Gaulden, a diverse panel of experts will unpack the challenges, the opportunities, and the solace that this document brings to civic society.


Participants will include:

Honorable Benes Z. Aldana is the president of The National Judicial College, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely attended school for judges. Before joining the College, he was on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 22 years, retiring in the rank of captain and serving as chief trial judge during his last tour of duty, becoming the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a chief trial judge in U.S. military history. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Seattle University and his law degree from University of Washington.

Alison Gaulden, APR, is a media ethics professor, public relations expert, negotiations trainer, business owner, political activist, and entertaining speaker. She has worked in reproductive rights, taught journalists and public relations practitioners, and mentored students. She has won three PRSA Sierra Nevada Chapter awards for professionalism and community service, five ASUN Faculty Adviser of the year awards and two national faculty Adviser of the Year awards. Gaulden has worked for the University of Nevada Reynolds School of Journalism since 2005. Previously, she worked as a reproductive freedom fighter overseeing the public affairs strategy for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

Eloisa Gordon-Mora is the University Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to this, she was Dean of the School of Social Science, Humanities and Communication at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, as well as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, also in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As an educator and political scientist, her work has focused on poverty and globalization, community organizing and urban politics, post-authoritarian/delegative democracies, and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean and has taught at numerous institutions around the world. Her research interests include higher education, diversity and inclusion, democratic theory, social violence, and post-colonial and post-structuralist literature.

Debra Harry serves as a lecturer for the Gender, Race, and Identity Program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Harry's research analyzes the linkages between biotechnology, intellectual property and globalization in relation to indigenous peoples' rights. Harry also teaches online courses for the University of Nevada, Reno, UCLA's Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange Program and UC-Denver's Department for Political Science. Harry is Numu (Northern Paiute), Kooyooe Dukaddo, from Pyramid Lake, Nevada and is also a member of the Nevada Humanities Board of Trustees.     

Amy Pason is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Pason received her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2010. She studies persuasion and advocacy, and teaches courses in social movement campaigns, public speaking, and democratic deliberation and facilitation. Her interest and expertise in the Constitution comes from studying First and Second Amendment precedence and how public and legal meanings of those shift with citizen practices.


The bi-monthly Salon series features a panel discussion with topics relevant to the humanities in Nevada.

Event date: 
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509