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Murphy to deliver Constitution Day lecture, Sept. 19

Walter Murphy, Princeton's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, will deliver a Constitution Day lecture titled "The Constitution, Dead or Alive?" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Murphy will examine important constitutional questions facing the United States today, including whether current policies justified as necessary to wage a war on terrorism are preserving and enhancing the Constitution or harming its fundamental values.

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. He has received numerous honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association's Law and Courts Section. His 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 lecture is the initial event in this year's series of Alpheus Mason Lectures in Constitutional Law and Political Thought, titled "The Quest for Freedom," which is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Pace Center 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 Web site.

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