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Home study course offered on power of Supreme Court this fall

Princeton faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends are invited to explore the theoretical and practical issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court's power of judicial review. The Princeton Alumni Association is offering a 12-week course this fall titled "Equal Justice Under Law? The Supreme Court, the Constitution and American Politics."

Each household that enrolls in this home study course will receive a course booklet, readings, lectures on videotape and access to an e-mail discussion group. Those who wish to pursue their studies further can attend optional lectures and precepts on campus for an additional fee. While participants will receive these lectures on videotape in the mail, those who attend them on campus will have an opportunity to hear the speakers "live" and spend time with classmates.

Leading this fall's course will be: Christopher Eisgruber , a 1983 Princeton graduate who is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and director of the University's Program in Law and Public Affairs; and Robert George , the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. They, along with guest lecturers including Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, will guide participants in examining the fundamental issues about who should enforce the Constitution and how to interpret it.

Since 1803, the Supreme Court has claimed for itself the power to decide whether laws were invalid because they conflicted with the Constitution. Today, the court routinely exercises the power of judicial review to trump the decisions of elected officials about some of the hottest topics in American politics. Participants in the class will look at issues such as abortion, gay rights, affirmative action, anti-terrorism legislation and the courts decision in Bush v. Gore.

Registration begins on Aug. 18, but participants may sign up at any time during the fall semester. The e-mail discussion group is scheduled to begin on Sept. 1.

The cost is $100 per household. For more information or to register, contact Christine Hollendonner in the Alumni Council office at (609) 258-0014 or visit the alumni studies Web site.

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

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