Event to celebrate Walter Murphy's new book

Panel discussion, reception, and book signing

Date: 
Fri, 03/02/2007
Location: 
2:00 to 4:30 PM, Senate Room of Clio Hall, Princeton University Campus

We'd like to invite you to a book launch this Friday, 2 March from 2-4:30 in the Senate Room of Clio Hall on the Princeton campus. We will be discussing the new book by Walter Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Princeton, called Constitutional Democracy: Creating and Maintaining a Just Political Order (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

In this book, Walter Murphy has brought a lifetime of insight together in one substantial volume. As always, he challenges what we thought he knew and shows us all novel ways of thinking, posing crucial constitutional questions: How can constitutions emerge from conflicting views of politics? How can constitutions be adapted to a changing political order? Today's discussion is the first public treatment of the new work.

We have an expert group of commentators to speak to the issues raised by the Murphy book.

From 2-3:30, we will have a panel, chaired by Kim Scheppele, LAPA Director, on Constitutional Interpretation as Constitutional Maintenance. The panel features a group of Walter Murphy's colleagues, editors and former students:

  • Sotirios A. Barber, University of Notre Dame
  • Mark E. Brandon, Vanderbilt University
  • James E. Fleming, Fordham University
  • Jeffrey K. Tulis, University of Texas at Austin
  • Keith E. Whittington, Princeton University

From 3:45-4:30 Walter Murphy will reflect on the comments and on his book. Stephen Macedo, Director of the University Center for Human Values, will introduce him.

From 4:30-5:30, there will be a book signing and reception. Copies of Constitutional Democracy will be available.

The Program in Law and Public Affairs, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and the University Center for Human Values join in welcoming Walter Murphy back to Princeton. We hope you will join us to welcome him back too.