Community outreach – both on-campus and to the community – has been an important part of the Perry Center’s work. The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy, sponsored by the Perry Center and supported in part by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council, brings scholars from throughout the United States to Marshall to speak to various historical and contemporary issues related to the Constitution and to United States politics and government. The lectures are free and open to the public.
UPCOMING LECTURES FOR 2013-14
We would love for you to attend in person, but if you cannot, you can still see and hear the lectures via live-streaming at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.
February 4, 2014, BRIAN DIRCK. In the month in which we celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Professor Dirck will discuss President Lincoln’s conduct relating to the Constitution while he was President.
Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional Optimism
About the speaker: Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He is the author of four well-regarded books about Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865, offering a comparative analysis of the two Civil War presidents’ lives and careers; Lincoln the Lawyer, an overview of Lincoln’s legal career and winner of the Benjamin Barondess Award from the New York Civil War Roundtable for the best book published on Lincoln in 2007; Lincoln and the Constitution; and Lincoln and White America, an analysis of Lincoln’s views concerning white supremacy and racism. He edited and contributed to a collection of essays entitled Lincoln Emancipated: The President and the Politics of Race. Dr. Dirck teaches history and political science at Anderson University. He earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas, where he studied under preeminent Civil War and Lincoln scholar Philip S. Paludan. He earned his M.A. from Rice University and his B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas.
March 11, 2014, DAVID RUDOVSKY
Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration and Racial Injustice in America
The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with our prisons disproportionately filled with African-American males. Professor Rudovsky will discuss whether our justice system is just and address some of the reasons – including Supreme Court jurisprudence– that the system disproportionately negatively impacts certain sectors of our population and the Constitutional remedies that would create a fairer system.
About the speaker: David Rudovsky is Senior Fellow and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Rudovsky is one of the nation’s leading civil rights and criminal defense attorneys. He has taught at Penn Law since 1975, becoming a Senior Fellow in 1988. He teaches courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Evidence. He has published extensively in the area of the civil rights of the accused and racial bias in the criminal justice system, among other topics. He is the co-author of the books Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation (West, 2012, 3rd ed.) and The Law of Arrest, Search, and Seizure in Pennsylvania (6th ed. 2011, PBI Press), and is a contributor to many books. He has published extensively in law reviews, including at Penn, Columbia and Temple. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and Award for Accomplishments in Civil Rights Law and Criminal Justice; the ACLU Civil Liberties Award; and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Cesare Beccaria Award for Criminal Justice Accomplishments. He is a five-time recipient of the Harvey Levin Award for Excellence in Teaching at Penn Law and a past winner of the University of Pennsylvania Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a founding partner of the civil rights law firm Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein & Messing and has also been a public defender in Philadelphia. He earned his B.A. from Queen’s College and his LL.B. from New York University Law School.
April 1, 2014, ERIC ROTHSCHILD
Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District: the 20th Century Monkey Trial
Though it seemed the issue was settled long ago, state lawmakers and school boards continue to attempt to mandate the teaching of religion in our public schools – this, despite the Supreme Court ban in 1987 of the teaching of “creationism” in public schools. Advocates simply coined the term “intelligent design” and began trying again. Mr. Rothschild – who successfully challenged this practice in the first federal court case to strike down a school board’s “intelligent design” curriculum as a violation of the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom – will discuss the Constitutional reasons behind the line of decisions that creates such outcomes and tell us the story of his Kitzmiller trial, which is the subject of three books (including one by the great-grandson of Charles Darwin) and extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally, including as the subject of a two-hour episode of PBS’s NOVA.
About the speaker: Eric Rothschild served as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case in the nation to test whether “intelligent design” can be introduced into the curriculum of public high school science classes. In a sweeping victory for the plaintiffs, Judge John E. Jones, III, a Republican appointee of President George W. Bush, ruled that the Dover school board in Pennsylvania had violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause’s “wall of separation” between church and state and that intelligent design is clearly religious in nature and is not science. Mr. Rothschild also successfully represented the plaintiffs in Selman v. Cobb County School District, a similar First Amendment challenge to an anti-evolution policy adopted in Georgia. He was the recipient of the 2006 Civil Libertarian of the Year Award from the ACLU of Pennsylvania and of the Clarence Darrow Award from the National Center for Science Education for his work in the Kitzmiller case. He earned his B.A. from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as law clerk to Judge Anita Brody of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before going to work for the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton, where he is a partner. He continues to represent clients in First Amendment religious freedom cases, and is the Chairman of the Board of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the National Center for Science Education.
Links to Previous Lectures
November 5, 2013, LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN
On Constitutional Disobedience
Louis Michael Seidman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught since 1976. He is the author of four books about various issues related to the Constitution, including one on the subject of his lecture, On Constitutional Disobedience (Oxford, 2012), and the co-author of five textbooks on Constitutional Law. He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Harvard. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and subsequently as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
October 8, 2013, JAMES F. SIMON
FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, The Supreme Court and the Epic Battle over the New Deal
James F. Simon is Dean Emeritus and Martin Professor of Law Emeritus of New York Law School. Mr. Simon has written eight books on American history, law and politics, including FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, The Supreme Court and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2012). He was a commentator in the PBS series The Supreme Court. He earned both his B.A. and his law degree from Yale University.
April 18, 2013, GREGORY FRIEL
Gay Rights in America: From Death, Oppression, and Stigma to Marriage Equality
Greg Friel, a graduate of Marshall University and Harvard Law School, has worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for more than two decades. He has spent his career fighting discrimination.
April 8, 2013, CLIFF SLOAN
The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/cliffsloan
Cliff Sloan, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, clerked in the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served as Associate Counsel to the President and as Assistant to the Solicitor General. He is a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court.
November 29, 2012, GEORGE C. EDWARDS
Evaluating the Electoral College http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/georgecedwards
George C. Edwards II, Ph.D., is a leading scholar of the presidency and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. He is the founder and, from 1991-2001, was the director of The Center for Presidential Studies.
October 16, 2012, DANIEL FELLER
The People’s Will Denied? Backroom Politics and the Election of 1824 http://new.livestream.com/marshallu/danielfeller
Daniel Feller, Ph.D., is the Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, the Director of the Center for Jacksonian America, and the Editor and Director of The Papers of Andrew Jackson.
September 26, 2012, THOMAS E. MANN
It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism
Thomas Mann, Ph.D., is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is the co-author, with Norm Ornstein, of It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism
March, 2012, JOYCE McCONNELL
Remember the Ladies: The History of Women and the Constitution
Four Elements of Progressive Constitutional Change, the Expansion of Civil Rights, and the Popular and Legal Assault on Reform, 1865-1883
January, 2012, FRED SCHAUER
Does the Constitution Matter?
November, 2011, JOHN FRIEDL
Through the Looking Glass: The Constitution Means What Five Justices Want it to Mean
Dr. John Friedl holds a joint appointment as Professor of Political Science and Professor of Accounting at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, Mass Communication Law, and Business Law. He earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.P.H. and J.D. from the University of Michigan. He has published widely in the fields of law, anthropology, public health, and public policy in higher education.
October, 2011, JOHNATHAN O’NEILL
Originalism and the Rule of Law
Dr. Johnathan O’Neill is Chairman of the History Department at Georgia Southern University where he teaches courses on U.S. Constitutional History and Legal History. He earned his B.A. from Colgate University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He is the author of the book Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History.
September, 2011, JEAN EDWARD SMITH
John Marshall and the Legalization of the Constitution
Jean Edward Smith is the author of John Marshall: Definer of a Nation, and 14 other books. His biography of Ulysses S. Grant was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and his biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt won the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize in 2008. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he is now the Senior Scholar in Residence in the Department of History. He holds an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Marshall University, where he was the John Marshall Professor of Political Science for 12 years after serving for more than 30 years on the faculty of the University of Toronto.