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Gerald Leonard on Jefferson’s Constitutions

LeonardProfilePicGerald F. Leonard, Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law, will speak about Thomas Jefferson’s pivotal role in altering the operative meaning of the Constitution between 1787 and the Jacksonian ascendancy of the late 1820s and 1830s. To explain this aspect of Jefferson’s career, Professor Leonard will elucidate Jefferson’s constitutional thought across a half century of constitutional development. The essential themes are democratization and its relation to the rule of law, the emergence of party federalism (states’ rights), and slavery. The accompanying paper is available from radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

An informal reception will follow. This is the third of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Tuesday, March 24 – Today
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002

Gary Lawson on the Decision of 1803

unnamedGary Lawson, a professor at the Boston University School of Law, will speak on whether the United States has gotten too big for its Constitution, whether this massive size contributes to political disfunction, and what might be done to remedy the problem if it is indeed a problem.

Contact radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for the accompanying paper, “One (?) Nation Over-Extended.”

An informal reception will follow. This is the second of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Wednesday, March 4 (today!)
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 002

Jason Sorens on Federalism and Secession

Jason Sorens, a lecturer in Government at Dartmouth College, will speak on the consequences of policy choices made in response to secessionist movements, as well as the normative principles that governments and secessionists ought to respect. Contact radelstein[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for copies of Sorens’s recent paper, “Legal Regimes for Secession: Applying Moral Theory and Empirical Findings.”

An informal reception will follow. This is the first of four lectures on Centralization and Decentralization hosted by the Allbritton Collaborative Cluster Initiative.

Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: PAC 422
Cost: Free!