A Book Panel on the 2016 Princeton Pre-Read, Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom

September 29, 2016
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Matthew J. Franck, Director, William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution, The Witherspoon Institute; Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University; Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Maryland

This panel of distinguished scholars contribute to the discussion of Princeton's 2016 Pre-Read of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in the Defense of Equality by political philosopher Danielle Allen. President Christopher L. Eisgruber selected the book for this year's Pre-read, an introduction to the intellectual life of the University that centers on a book that first-year students and others in the Princeton community read.

Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ.  He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University in Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, and was Chairman of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2010.  He is also a Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University. He has taught at Marquette University and Southern Illinois University, and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1998, and a 2008-09 Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author, editor of, or contributor to several books on religious freedom, constitutional law, the Supreme Court, and American politics, and has published essays and reviews in numerous academic journals, as well as many general-interest articles and commentaries in newspapers, magazines, and online, including the Washington PostFirst ThingsNational Review, and Public Discourse, the daily online essay publication of the Witherspoon Institute. He is a regular blogger on National Review Online’s “Bench Memos” page and the “First Thoughts” page at First Things magazine, and has appeared numerous times on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show, as well as on CNN, Fox News Channel, EWTN, NPR, and Relevant Radio. He earned his B.A. in political science from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  

Lucas Morel is Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, where he has taught since 1999. He was the 2008-09 Garwood Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate School, and previously taught at John Brown University and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He also teaches in the Masters Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in Ohio. He is the author of Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government and editor of Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to “Invisible Man.” Most recently he has edited Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, a collection of diverse authors and perspectives on the subject of Lincoln's political thought, and co-edited The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century. He is currently completing a book on Lincoln and the American Founding for the Concise Lincoln Library series of Southern Illinois University Press.

Diana Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland. She has been a 1994-95 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University, and 2011-12 Garwood Visiting Professor and Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters. From 2004-2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. She is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu's "Persian Letters" (1995), along with many book chapters and articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is a co-editor (with Amy and Leon Kass) of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (2011). She is a contributing editor to The New Atlantis and a member of the publication committee of National Affairs. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Claremont Review of BooksThe New CriterionThe Public InterestCommentaryFirst ThingsCity Journal, and elsewhere. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago.

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A Book Panel on the 2016 Princeton Pre-Read, Danielle Allen’s “Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality”

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Lewis Library 120

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  • Panel Members
  • Lucas Morel