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First Constitution Day Lecture Sept. 18

  • UW-Madison professor John Zumbrunnen, director of the American Democracy Forum, is scheduled to give a Constitution Day talk Sept. 18, 2013, at Carthage.
    UW-Madison professor John Zumbrunnen, director of the American Democracy Forum, is scheduled to give a Constitution Day talk Sept. 18, 2013, at Carthage.
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September 07, 2013

Carthage celebrates Constitution Day 2013 with a lecture series featuring scholars from both on and off campus. The theme of this year’s Constitution Day Lecture Series is “Constitutional Crises.”

The series kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 18, with a lecture by Professor John Zumbrunnen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Zumbrunnen will give a talk titled “Spectacles of Turbulence and Contention: Greek Democracy and American Constitutionalism” at 4:15 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

Prof. Zumbrunnen, director of the American Democracy Forum, has wide-ranging interests in the history of political thought, democratic theory, American political thought, and the philosophy of social science. Much of his scholarship works at the intersection of Greek political thought and contemporary democratic theory, seeking in particular to recover ancient texts as resources for our thinking about the place and potential of ordinary citizens in mass democracy.

Future lectures in the “Constitutional Crises” Constitution Day Lecture Series include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Jane Dailey, University of Chicago (4:15 p.m.)
  • Monday, Nov. 11 — Jonathan Marshall, Carthage (4:15 p.m.)

This series has been made possible by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History, a nonprofit educational organization that works with educators to reinvigorate the teaching of U.S. founding principles and history on college campuses. The Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies divisions; the Great Ideas Program; and the History and Political Science departments also have provided support.