Constitution Day Lecture

How Small Emergencies Undermine Big Constitutional Principles

Mon, 09/21/2009
4:30 p.m., Friend Center 101
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values and Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs will deliver the 2009 Constitution Day Lecture. The title of her presentation is “How Small Emergencies Undermine Big Constitutional Principles.”


  • Deborah Pearlstein, Associate Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School and Visiting Faculty Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • George Kateb, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Emeritus

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.

The lecture is presented 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.