lecture series on the Constitution of the United States of America titled Amicus
Curiae, or Friend of the Court, will take place this fall at Marshall
The three-part series is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
Delivering the lectures will be Prof. Jean Edward Smith, Ph.D., former John Marshall Professor of Political Science and now senior scholar in residence in the Department of History at Columbia University; Dr. Johnathan O’Neill, an associate professor of history at Georgia Southern University; and Dr. John Friedl, professor of political science and professor of accounting at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.
All three lectures will be held in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room.
Smith will speak on “John Marshall and the Legalization of the Constitution” in the first lecture, scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.
O’Neill will deliver the second lecture, titled “Originalism and the Rule of Law Ideal,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The third lecture will be given by Friedl at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. His lecture is titled “Through the Looking Glass: The Constitution Means What Five Justices Choose It to Mean.”
“We are very fortunate to have three outstanding authorities on the Constitution taking part in our inaugural series,” said Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are looking forward to hearing their respective thoughts on various aspects of the Constitution and how it is interpreted by the Supreme Court, not only in historic terms, but how it is applied in today’s society.”
Smith is the author of 12 books, including highly acclaimed biographies of Chief Justice John Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant (a 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist), and FDR (winner of the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize). His most recent work, a biography of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will be released next year.
O’Neill teaches courses on U.S. Constitutional History and Legal History of the U.S. at Georgia Southern. His publications include Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History, and America and Enlightenment Constitutionalism.
Friedl teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, First Amendment, Mass Communication Law and Business Law at UT-Chattanooga. He has published widely in the fields of law, anthropology, public health and public policy in higher education.
Admission to the Amicus Curiae lecture series is free to the public.
Photo: Prof. Jean Edward Smith will be the first speaker in the Amicus Curiae lecture series.
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