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Arkes speaks on 'surprises' of the Constitution, Dec. 10

A lecture titled "The Unsettling Surprises of a Constitution Long Settled" will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in 008 Friend Center.

Hadley Arkes, the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College, will discuss how the founders understood the principles of law and moral reasoning before they set about the task of framing the Constitution.

Arkes currently is the Ann and Herbert Vaughan Visiting Fellow of the James Madison Program and a visiting professor of public and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of many books and other scholarly writings, including "Natural Rights and the Right to Choose" (Cambridge, 2002), "Beyond the Constitution" (Princeton, 1990) and "First Things" (Princeton, 1986).

The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics. For more information, call Reggie Cohen at (609) 258-6333.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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