September 5, 2014 Lecture on "Magna Carta and the American Constitution" Will Mark Constitution Day at Library of Congress
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Constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar will discuss Magna Carta and its historical connection to the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 16 at the Library of Congress
The lecture, titled “Magna Carta and the American Constitution,” will serve as the annual Constitution Day lecture presented by the Law Library of Congress. Amar will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Sponsored in part by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, the event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.
Constitution Day was established by Congress in 2004 to recognize the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
Amar’s lecture also is part of the Magna Carta lecture series held in conjunction with the Library’s upcoming exhibition “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor,” which opens Nov. 6, 2014, and runs through Jan. 19, 2015.
Amar will base his lecture on his two most recent books, “America's Constitution: A Biography” (2005) and “America's Unwritten Constitution” (2012), and will offer an overview of the grand project of American constitutionalism, past, present and future. Amar will highlight the ways in which the American constitutional experience has both drawn upon and broken with English constitutional precursors such as Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights of 1689.
Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College and a J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal.
After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel, Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, “Process of Constitutional Decision-Making.”
Amar also is the author of “The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles” (1997) and “The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction” (1998).
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