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The Facts: History, Law and Politics of UFO/UAP II with Daniel Sheehan

Format: 4 Webinars (Recorded in March and April 2024)
Faculty: Daniel Sheehan
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The Facts: History, Law and Politics of UFO/UAP II with Daniel Sheehan 

This course is the second of a two course “orientation” program intended to provide a solid foundation for future learning about the UFO/UAP/ET issue. These two courses are “core” courses that every student needs to take, along with Richard Dolan’s two courses, plus four other “elective” courses, in order to complete a Certificate and be eligible to enter the ET Studies Program for Masters and PhD degrees jointly offered by New Paradigm Institute and Ubiquity University. Building on The Facts: History, Law and Politics of UFO/UAP I, this course will be comprised of four lectures on the following topics:

  • Lecture #1: The Global Technological & Economic Implications of the UFO/ET Reality
  • Lecture #2: The Individual & Collective Social-Psychological Implications of the UFO/ET Reality
  • Lecture #3: The Metaphysical, Philosophical & Theological Implications of the UFO/ET Reality
  • Lecture #4: The Need for a New Human Paradigm to Integrate the UFO/ET Reality

Faculty: Daniel Sheehan

Daniel Sheehan, acclaimed civil rights attorney, began his personal involvement beginning in 1977 when he was working as General Counsel for the Jesuit Office of Social Ministries in Washington, DC and began contact with the Vatican on matters pertaining to UFOs. He also served as General Counsel to The UFO Disclosure Project and to the Institute for Cooperation in Space as well as serve as the attorney for Dr. John Mack, the Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Harvard Medical School, in an important academic freedom case before the Harvard Faculty Committee following the publication of Mack’s controversial book Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens in 1994. More recently, Sheehan has served as General Counsel to several UFO whistleblowers including Luis Elizondo, former director of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in the Pentagon researching UFOs.

Daniel Sheehan is president and co-founder of the Romero Institute and former president and co-founder of the Christic Institute.
Carrying degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Danny has helped lead multiple lawsuits of historic importance, including three Supreme Court cases. Prior to forming the Christic Institute, he litigated a number of high-profile social justice cases.

These included:

  • Defending First Amendment rights in the “Pentagon Papers Case”
    (New York Times Co. v. United States)
  • Defending reproductive freedom
    (Eisenstadt v. Baird)
  • Defending First Amendment rights of press protection
    (In re Pappas: Branzburg v. Hayes)
  • The Watergate burglary case
    (United States v. George Gordon Liddy, et al.)
  • Defending the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs interpretation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, in hiring and promotion practices
    (Morton v. Mancari)
  • Serving as amicus curiae in the eight-month long Wounded Knee Trials against American Indian Movement leaders

As General Counsel to the United States Jesuit Order’s National Office of Social Ministry in Washington, D.C., Danny partnered with Father William Davis, met leaders of the country’s religious and progressive movements, and developed a reputation as a fierce advocate for the rights of political and peace activists.

In 1977, Danny was contacted by Sara Nelson, the National Organization of Women’s (NOW) National Labor Secretary, and partnering with her and a coalition of activists, won a record-setting $10.5 million judgment on behalf of nuclear worker and whistleblower Karen Silkwood. The case effectively ended construction of all new nuclear power plants in the United States.

Following the success of the Silkwood case, Danny, Sara, and Father Davis formed the Christic Institute. They prevailed in several celebrated cases opposing the structural sources of injustice in the United States and around the world, including:

  • Representing victims of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster
    (PIRC v. Three Mile Island)
  • Defending Catholic workers who provided sanctuary to Salvadoran refugees in the American Sanctuary Movement
    (U.S. v. Stacey Lynn Merkt, et al.)
  • Seeking damages from the KKK and American Nazi Party members for the murder of civil rights demonstrators in the Greensboro Massacre
    (Waller v. Butkovich)
  • Bringing charges against 29 people involved in the civil case associated with the Iran-Contra Affair
    (Avirgan v. Hull, et al)

Danny formed the Romero Institute in 1992 with Christic Institute co-founder Sara Nelson. A law and policy center based in Santa Cruz, CA, the Institute exposes and implements solutions to serious threats to the environment, structural injustice, and human and constitutional rights violations.


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