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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 18, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 3
Constitutional Forum to Feature Law Expert Sanford V. Levinson

By Amy Lunday

Constitutional law expert Sanford V. Levinson is the featured speaker at Johns Hopkins' 2006 Constitutional Forum, a discussion of important legal issues held in conjunction with the annual observance of Constitution Day.

Levinson's forthcoming book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It), will be the basis of his lecture at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, in Hodson Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

Levinson is the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Professor of Law and a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has taught since 1980. This semester, he is also visiting at both Harvard and Yale law schools. He received his bachelor's degree from Duke in 1962, his doctorate in political science from Harvard in 1969 and his law degree from Stanford in 1973. The author of more than 200 professional articles, Levinson is also the author of numerous books, including Constitutional Faith (1988), Responding to Imperfection: Constitutional Amendment in Theory and Practice (1995), Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (1998) and Wrestling with Diversity (2003). He has just edited Torture: A Collection (2004), a compendium of perspectives on the morality, law and politics of torture.

The 2006 Constitutional Forum is supported by the George Huntington Williams Memorial Lectureship, which honors a pioneer in the microscopic study of rocks and minerals. Williams was Johns Hopkins' first professor of petrology and in the late 1880s founded the Department of Geology, which is now Earth and Planetary Sciences. In 1917, his family created an endowment in his memory for lectures by distinguished public figures on topics of widespread contemporary interest. Speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

The forum will also celebrate Constitution Day, officially Sept.17, the day in 1787 when delegates convened for the final time to sign the U.S. Constitution.

The 2006 Constitutional Forum at Johns Hopkins is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs.


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