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Scheppele to deliver Constitution Day lecture

Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, 4:30 p.m. 101 Friend Center

Kim Lane Scheppele, director of the University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, will deliver the annual Constitution Day lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in 101 Friend Center.

Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and an authority on comparative constitutional law, will discuss "How Small Emergencies Undermine Big Constitutional Principles.

Deborah Pearlstein, an associate research scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and George Kateb, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics Emeritus, will serve as commentators.

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

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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