Forrest Nabors: 'The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery'

2015-09-25 by News, Sports, and Art

This year’s Constitution Day Lecture, Forrest Nabors, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at UAA, spoke on the subject, “The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery.”

Was the original U.S. Constitution of 1787 pro-slavery or anti-slavery? Why did the abolition of slavery require a constitutional amendment? How should Americans remember the “peculiar institution” 150 years after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment? Nabors answered these questions in his lecture. Nabors is the author of an article on this subject, titled “How the Antislavery Constitution Won the Civil War,” forthcoming in New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, vol. 10, issue 2. His book-length manuscript The Great Task of Reconstruction is the product of ten years of research and is now being considered for publication.

Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the annual Constitution Day Lecture is free and open to the public.

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Tenth Annual Constitution Day Lecture: Ralph Rossum presents 'Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration'

2014-09-22 by

Please join Ralph Rossum as he delivers the Tenth Annual Constitution Day Lecture.

As he approaches a quarter century of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has consistently pursued an original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation. He has been unswayed by the claims of precedent–by the gradual build-up of interpretations that, over time, can distort the original meaning of the constitutional provision in question and lead to muddled decisions and contradictory conclusions.

As with too many layers of paint on a delicately crafted piece of furniture, precedent based on preceden (focusing on what the Court said the Constitution means in past cases as opposed to focusing on what the Constitution actually means) hides the constitutional nuance and detail he wants to restore. Thomas is unquestionably the justice who is most willing to reject this build-up, this excrescence, and to call on his colleagues to join him in scraping away past precedent and getting back to bare wood–to the original general meaning of the Constitution.

This Constitution Day lecture will show how Thomas, in his many of opinions reflecting on the original text of the Constitution (the Commerce Clause of Article I § 8 and the Ex Post Facto Clauses of Articles I §§ 9 and 10) and the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth, and Tenth Amendments, has consistently sought to restore the original general meaning of the Constitution and, by so doing, has sought to secure for us the rights and liberties the founding generation fought the Revolutionary War to establish.

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8th annual Constitution Day Lecture: "The Constitution Is What the Court Says It Is-The Constitution and Judicial Interpretation"

2012-09-21 by

Guy F. Burnett, term instructor of political science at UAA and Ph.D. candidate at Claremont Graduate University, delivered the Constitution Day Lecture 2012.

Burnett, who has taught at UAA since January 2012, grew up in California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Utah State University and his master’s degree from the University of Utah.

This autumn, he will defend his Ph.D. dissertation, “The Safeguard of Liberty and Property: The Supreme Court, Kelo v. New London, and the Takings Clause,” at Claremont Graduate University.

Previously he served as adjunct professor of political science aboard USS George Washington and at Central Texas College at Camp Pendleton. He has also taught English in Siberia.

This talk is sponsored by UAA Democracy Forum, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science with assistance from KLEF, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Institutional Effectiveness, Engagement & Academic Support.

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'Why the Constitution Is Important to You' with Attorney Doug Pope

2009-09-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the UAA Honors College presents the annual Constitution Day Polaris Lecture with Anchorage Attorney Doug Pope speaking on “Why the Constitution Is Important to You.”

This podcast was recorded on September 17, 2009.

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