Mark Brandon, LAPA Fellow & Vanderbilt University

Constitutionalism and the Education of American-Indian Children: A Critique of Civic Education

Date: 
Mon, 12/01/2008
Location: 
4:30-6 PM, Kerstetter Room, Marx Hall

In the LAPA seminar this week, Mark Brandon will discuss "Constitutionalism and the Education of American-Indian Children: A Critique of Civic Education." His commentator will be Stephen Macedo, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values. As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

Mark Brandon is Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he is also Director of the Law School's Program in Constitutional Law and Theory. His scholarship focuses on problems of constitutionalism. He is the author of a book, Free in the World (Princeton University Press), on American slavery and constitutional failure. He has also written on secession, federalism, limits to the amending power, and war in the American constitutional order. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, M.A. from University of Michigan, and J.D. from University of Alabama. His current scholarship investigates relations among family, law, and constitutional order in the United States. The project studies the ways in which family might participate in creating, maintaining, and changing a constitutional order, how the order might try to shape or use family, and how effective law can be in achieving either goal. At LAPA Brandon will be writing a book on the constitutional status of family based upon this research. For more on Mark Brandon, please see his LAPA profile, or his page at Vanderbilt.

Stephen Macedo writes and teaches on political theory, ethics, American constitutionalism, and public policy, with an emphasis on liberalism, justice, and the roles of schools, civil society, and public policy in promoting citizenship. He served as founding director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs (1999-2001). He recently served as vice president of the American Political Science Association and Chair of its first standing committee on Civic Education and Engagement, and in this capacity he is principal co-author of Democracy at Risk: Public Policy and the Renewal of American Citizenship. His books include Diversity and Distrust: Civic Education in a Multicultural Democracy (2000); and Liberal Virtues: Citizenship, Virtue, and Community in Liberal Constitutionalism (1990). He is co-author and co-editor of American Constitutional Interpretation, 3rd edition, with W. F. Murphy, J. E. Fleming, and S. A. Barber. Among his edited volumes are Educating Citizens: International Perspectives on Civic Values and School Choice (2004); Universal Jurisdiction: International Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law (2004). Macedo has taught at Harvard University and at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He earned his B.A. at the College of William and Mary, Masters degrees at The London School of Economics and Oxford University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University. For more on Stephen Macedo, please see his LAPA profile.