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Constitution Day events set for Sept. 20 and 22

A panel discussion involving constitutional scholars from Princeton and a lecture on the Supreme Court will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 22, in recognition of Constitution Day.

A discussion on "An Old Constitution in a Changing World" is set for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in 101 McCormick Hall. Panelists are Christopher Chyba, professor of astrophysics and international affairs; Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values; and Kim Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values and director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

Provost Christopher Eisgruber will moderate the discussion, which is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College.

At 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in 104 Computer Science Building, University of Mississippi legal scholar Jack Wade Nowlin will deliver a lecture titled "Constitutional Constraints on Constitutional Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Violates the Constitution As Well As Vindicates It." Nowlin will explore long-standing debates between proponents of judicial restraint and judicial activism over questions of constitutional interpretation.

His lecture, the first in this year's series of Alpheus Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and Political Thought, is sponsored by the Madison Program and the Pace Center.

According to a 2004 federal law, educational institutions that receive federal funds are required to hold programs about the U.S. Constitution on the anniversary of the document's signing, Sept. 17, or in the preceding or following week.

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