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Constitution Day lecture focuses on Jefferson

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Princeton historian Barbara Oberg, general editor of "The Papers of Thomas Jefferson," will deliver a Constitution Day lecture on "Thomas Jefferson and the Rights of Citizens" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The talk will focus on Jefferson's personal and political struggle during his first term as president to define the rights of "bonafide citizens." Oberg, a lecturer with the rank of professor in history, leads the Princeton-sponsored effort to prepare the authoritative and comprehensive edition of Jefferson's correspondence and papers.

The event also will feature comments from Christina Burnett, a Princeton alumna and associate professor of law at Columbia University; Stephen Macedo, Princeton's Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values and director of the center; and Sean Wilentz, Princeton's Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the American Revolutionary Era.

The lecture is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Office of the Provost and the Program in American Studies.

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

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