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Scholar discusses Constitution, Feb. 9

Should we expect the government to follow the same constitutional principles during periods of crisis as periods of calm? Kathleen Sullivan, the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former dean at the Stanford University School of Law, will look at this and other questions during a lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in McCosh 50.

Titled "The Constitution and Emergency," the address is part of the University's Public Lectures Series.

Sullivan, widely considered one of the top constitutional law scholars in the nation, will consider issues such as the flexibility of the U.S. Constitution and how it compares to those of other nations. She will discuss whether the government's response to the events of Sept. 11 have kept faith with or altered the Constitution. She is expected to pay special attention to the constitutional traditions of due process, equal protection, and privacy from government surveillance in the absence of individualized suspicion.

Sullivan's talk is designated as the Walter Edge Lecture and will be available for online viewing a week afterward online.

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