Gerald 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.
Gary 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.
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.”
Professor Jennifer Tucker cordially invites you to check out this nifty, poignantly piquant panel happening Wednesday night:
On Wednesday evening, Feb. 6 at 7:30 PM, the Allbritton Center of Study of Public Life will host a panel and public discussion, “Guns and Gun Violence: Crisis, Policy and Politics” in the CFA Hall on the Wesleyan campus. We hope that our Center, here in central CT, could be used to put a spotlight on the rich scholarship on guns and gun violence and the need for public debate informed by research from different domains, including the social sciences, public policy and public health.
The panel will be chaired by Leah Wright, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Wesleyan. Following the presentations, the audience discussion will be moderated by John Dankosky, WNPR News Director and host of “Where We Live.”
Professor Jennifer Tucker, acting as the interim director of the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL), has arranged a free screening of the new Spielberg film, Lincoln, for this coming Thursday evening to kick things off for the CSPL. If that wasn’t awesome enough, Professor Demetrius Eudell (History and African American Studies) and Professor Elvin Lim (Government) will run a Q&A after the screening on the CSPL’s theme,Lincoln: Politics in the Public Eye.
The screening is set to start at 7:30PM this Thursday, December 6th, at our local Middletown theater in Metro Square. There are only 200 seats available, so go to the Box Office in Usdan now, like, right now, seriously, right now, to get a ticket.
Date: Thursday December 6th Time: 7:30PM – 10:30PM Place: Metro Movies 12 (theater in Metro Square off Main Street) Cost: FREE……EEEEEDOM! No but seriously it’s free.
If you’ve browsed through WesMaps recently, perhaps you noticed an exciting new addition to our illustrious faculty—folk singer and Wes alum Dar Williams ’89! She’s teaching a course for the Center for the Study of Public Life (CSPL) called “Music Movements in a Capital Democracy.” The course, currently open to junior and senior non-majors (Wednesdays 1:10-4), is described as follows: