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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

May It Please the Court: The Life (or Death) of Constitutional Interpretation

From the days of its birth, debates have raged like wildfires over the meaning of its text. From the First Amendment to the last, scholars, judges, and ordinary citizens attempt to define what the words mean and what the founding fathers envisioned when they penned those famous words “We The People”. What do the Amendments really say and why is this debate important to the fabric of our society? Is the Constitution alive and well or dead and of little importance? Looking at the First and Second Amendments contained in the Bill of Rights, those and other questions will be addressed in an attempt to give new understanding to the how, when, and why the words were written and what they really mean.

Presenter: Joshua D.S. Blackwood (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Political Science
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.