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Katz gives Constitution Day lecture, Sept. 17

Princeton legal scholar Stanley Katz will give a Constitution Day lecture titled "Who's Afraid of Senator Byrd? The Constitution and the Uses of American History" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Katz's lecture will reflect on the role of the federal government in setting educational policy and in supporting a "traditional" understanding of American history and constitutional law in the 21st century. The lecture's title refers to West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, the sponsor of legislation that established Constitution Day lectures. The 2004 law requires educational institutions that receive federal funds 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.

Katz, a scholar of American legal and constitutional history, is a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has written and edited numerous books, including the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Legal History." His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy.

The lecture is sponsored by the Program in American Studies and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

A copy of the Constitution and further information regarding its creation are available on the National Archives website at

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