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Panel examines new book on high court, May 2

A panel discussion on Princeton constitutional scholar Keith Whittington's new book, "Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History," is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in 2 Robertson Hall.

In his book, Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, challenges critics who feel that giving Supreme Court justices the last word on interpreting the U.S. Constitution threatens democracy. Whittington shows that judicial supremacy is, in fact, the product of democratic politics.

Joining Whittington on the panel will be: Ken Kersch, assistant professor of politics at Princeton; Stanley Brubaker, professor of political science at Colgate University and a current visiting fellow at Princeton's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions; and Mark Graber, professor of law and government at the University of Maryland. Robert George, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, will moderate the discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Madison Program and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

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