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Murphy returns for constitutional symposium, March 2

"Constitutional Democracy: Creating and Maintaining a Just Political Order," a new book by Princeton constitutional scholar Walter Murphy, is the focus of a symposium scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.

Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, will join several colleagues and former students in discussing the book, which examines how constitutions are created and maintained over time. Murphy's book addresses crucial questions about how constitutions emerge from conflicting views of politics and how they can be adapted to a changing political order.

Joining Murphy will be constitutional scholars Stephen Macedo, Kim Scheppele and Keith Whittington of Princeton as well as Sotirios Barber of the University of Notre Dame, Mark Brandon of Vanderbilt University, James Fleming of Fordham University and Jeffrey Tulis of the University of Texas-Austin.

Murphy, considered one of the most distinguished constitutional scholars of the 20th century, joined the Princeton faculty in 1958 and transferred to emeritus status in 1995. His other books include "Wiretapping on Trial," "Elements of Judicial Strategy" and "Congress and the Court" as well as works of fiction that explore political and religious themes.

The symposium is sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and the University Center for Human Values.

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