Constitution Day Lecture

Constitution Day Lecture 2017

 Image of Dr. Yasmeen DaifallahThe 2017 Constitution Day Lecture was offered by Dr. Yasmeen Daifallah. The lecture, entitled "In Pursuit of Happiness: The Purpose of Politics in Islamic Political Thought," is scheduled occurred on Thursday, September 21, at 7:00pm, in the Lower Cube. Over 150 students, faculty, and community members attended. Dr. Daifallah completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her broad area of specialization specialization includes Islamic political thought, ancient and modern Western political thought, comparative political theory, postcolonial theory, and Middle East politics. In particular, she studies how cultural traditions orient their subjects towards politics. She attempts to answer the following questions: how does the relegio-cultural constitution of a subject affect its disposition towards politics? Can this constitution be vested with new meanings to enable the transformation of this disposition? She seeks responses to these queries in the modern Arab and Islamic traditions of political and social thought. Future projects include a search for answers offered by medieval Islamic philosophers and theologians, as well as by modern-day social and political movements in the Arab world.

Past Lectures

Constitution Day Lecture 2016

Image of Jeffrey TulisProfessor Jeffrey K. Tulis of the University of Texas delivered the annual Constitution Day lecture at the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College in September 2016. The lecture was entitled "The Anti-Federal Appropriation." Professor Tulis explained how Anti-Federalists — those who originally opposed the U.S. Constitution — and their heirs "have exploited the iterative character of The Federalist to gain through interpretation what they lost in ratification of the Constitution — regarding federalism, separation of powers, and executive power.

According to his University of Texas biography, "Professor Tulis's interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  His publications include The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (LSU, 1981; Transaction, 2010), The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 1987), The Constitutional Presidency (Johns Hopkins 2009), The Limits of Constitutional Democracy (Princeton, 2010) and recent journal articles and chapters on constitutional interpretation, the logic of political change, and the meaning of political success. Four collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published, most recently a special double issue of Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, (2007), where his book is described as 'one of the two or three most important and perceptive works written by a political scientist in the twentieth century.'

He has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He received the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. He has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. He has served as associate chair of the Department of Government from 1989-2001 and was acting chair during 1992-93. and for part of each year between 1989 and 2001. During the academic year 2008-09, he was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.

Recent publications include 'Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure' (with Nicole Mellow), in Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman, eds. Formative Acts: Reckoning with Agency in American Politics, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. His forthcoming books include: Democratic Decay and the Politics of Deference (Princeton, 2017), Legacies of Loss in American Politics , with Nicole Mellow (Princeton, 2016), and an expanded edition of The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 2017). For two decades he served as co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought, and he currently co-edits (with Sanford Levinson) a new series titled Constitutional Thinking, at the University Press of Kansas."

Professor Tulis's visit to Carroll is made possible by a generous gift from the Apgar Foundation. This lecture is the first in a series of events during this academic year designed to bring the community’s attention to  questions pertaining to executive authority and constitutional government.

Constitution Day Lecture 2015

Image of Cliff OrwinOn Tuesday, September 7, 2015, Professor Clifford Orwin of the University of Toronto delivered the annual Constitution Day lecture at the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College. The lecture was entitled "Constitutional Twins: Compassion and Individualism."

Professor Orwin is Professor of Political Science, Classics, and Jewish Studies and a Fellow of St. Michael’s College and a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. He is also Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and Senior Fellow of the Berlin Thucydides Center, Free University of Berlin. He is the author of The Humanity of Thucydides (Princeton University Press, 1994;4th Ed. 2011, Mandarin translation 2015), and has written dozens of chapters and articles on classical, modern, contemporary, and Jewish political thought.  He also contributes a monthly column on political and cultural issues to the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper of record. His major current project is a book on the role of compassion in modern politics and thought. He has argued that professors should put teaching first and has won three major teaching awards at the University, including the inaugural J.J. Berry Smith Prize for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision (2013).  

Professor Orwin’s visit to Carroll was made possible by a generous gift from the Apgar Foundation. This lecture is the first in a series of events during this academic year designed to bring the community’s attention to the tradition of constitutional government.