University Forum: Paradoxes of Jeffersonian Constitutionalism

When: Sep. 19, 2011, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Campus Location: Marjorie Barrick Museum / Harry Reid Center
Office/Remote Location: Auditorium

The University Forum Lecture Series presents "The Paradoxes of Jeffersonian Constitutionalism" a talk by David Konig, professor of history in arts and sciences, professor of African and African-American studies, and professor of law, Washington University

Though often quoted as a “Founding Father” on Constitutional matters, Thomas Jefferson did not attend the Constitutional Convention, nor did he take part in the ratification process.  He wrote from Paris that he wished “with all my soul” that the Constitution be ratified, but then added that it be immediately amended.  Simultaneously enthusiastic yet wary, he had firm ideas about what that frame of government must and must not do.  On close examination, these ideas reveal a complex man who searched for limits on government without limiting the capacity of the people to govern themselves. 

Admission Information: 

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information: 

Name: Phyllis Thompson
Office: Liberal Arts Dean's Office
Phone: 702-895-3401

Event Sponsor: College of Liberal Arts

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