Lecture Series

Lecture in Constitutional Studies

As part of our programming, Constitutional Studies sponsors biannual lectures on an issue relating to the historical, philosophic, legal and political dimensions of constitutional government.  You can find a list of our lectures below.

Image of Jim RiceJustice Jim Rice, Montana Supreme Court, "The Supreme Court and Racial Equality: From     Lincoln to Obama" Lecture Presentation (pdf)


Image of Nick Buccola Professor Nick Buccola, Linfield College, "Frederick Douglass:In Pursuit of American Liberty"



Image of Steve BullockSteve Bullock, Governor of the State of Montana, "The Constitutional History and Future of Campaign Finance Reform".


Image of Kyle Volk Kyle Volk, Associate Professor of History, University of Montana. "Moral Minorities and the American Constitutional Tradition."


More about Constitutional Studies

Constitutional Studies is a co-curricular and interdisciplinary program at Carroll College that seeks to encourage inquiry and foster debate about issues attendant on constitutional government, broadly understood.  It does so by programming lectures, academic panels, and student activities designed to support this mission.  Beginning in the fall of 2014, we will offer a minor in Constitutional Studies. 

As a traditional liberal arts program, Constitutional Studies aims to expose “each student at Carroll, through personal and institutional means…to value systems with which one can readily identify, including secular values such as the worth of work and the use of the intellect, humanistic values centering on the uniqueness and dignity of the person, and religious and moral values concerned with one's relationship to God, self, and others” (Carroll College Mission Statement).  Given the egalitarian goals of most modern constitutions, the program also supports Carroll’s mission to “rededicate its spiritual, academic, and social resources to the service of the citizens of Montana, its home, and to the worldwide human family through continuing efforts to guarantee to individuals, to groups, and especially to minorities the right to life, to personal and social dignity, and to equality of opportunity in all aspects of human activity” (Carroll College Mission Statement).  These are some of the questions we seek to ask:

  • What is the proper relationship between government institutions and civil society?
  • What are the philosophical foundations of human rights and constitutional democracy?
  • How do political and philosophical principles inform our understanding of the requirements of a constitutional republic?
  • How do constitutional governments seek to reconcile the demands of church and state, faith and reason, and god and man?
  • How can America sustain its experiment in constitutional government?
  • What do international law and the constitutional orders of other countries teach us about constitutional democracy?