Akhil Reed Amar: Constitution Day Celebration

Akhil Reed Amar: Constitution Day Celebration

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

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Since its ratification in 1788, the Constitution has served as a beacon to democratic government and civic engagement. As a result, interpretations over the scope of the document continue today, much as they did in the 1780s when everyday citizens and politicians alike worked to answer the weighty questions of a young Republic: should the nation's borders be expanded, and if so, will slavery be allowed to spread? New Worlders like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison were notable architects of this grand unionist blueprint. Still, other founders whose names are less prominent today also offered essential ideas and images.

Borrowing from his new book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760 - 1840 , Professor Akhil Amar offers a guide for those seeking to understand America's Constitution today and the men who built it. In honor of Constitution Day, and on behalf of Grand Valley State University, the Hauenstein Center, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, and Grand Valley State University's Political Science Department are proud to welcome Akhil Amar to Grand Rapids to discuss The Words That Made Us.


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