[PAST EVENT] Institute of Bill of Rights: Student Division hosts American University Professor Robert Tsai

Thursday, November 10th 2011
12:50pm - 2pm
Law School, Room 133
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Professor Robert Tsai of American University's Washington College of LawProfessor Robert Tsai of American University's Washington College of Law
The IBRL:SD Scholarly Luncheon Series will feature preeminent constitutional scholar Robert Tsai. Professor Tsai's lecture is titled "Why Study Failed Constitutions? John Brown's Vision for America."
Full Description
It is often said that winners get to write history. Well, it's also true that successful constitutions dictate what we think of as the goals and parameters of constitutionalism, along with which legal and political ideas are plausible. In this talk, Professor Robert Tsai will argue that we have much to learn from the failed constitutions of America's past. Drawing from his forthcoming book, "Defiant Designs: America's Forgotten Constitutions" (Harvard, 2012), Professor Tsai will invite the audience to examine John Brown's constitution, reflect on what it signified on the eve of civil war, and consider the paths not taken. Today Brown is remembered for his attack on Harpers Ferry and his subsequent execution for treason. The talk will recover Brown's efforts to become a Founding Father.

Lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to [[e|cjbarber]].
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