Justice William Brennan and the Living Constitution

Dec 4, 2015, 4:30 pm6:30 pm
Lewis Library 120


Event Description

Alan R. GibsonProfessor of Political Science, California State University-Chico; Carson L. Holloway, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bradley C. S. WatsonPhilip M. McKenna Chair, Department of Politics and Co-Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought, Saint Vincent College

Alan Gibson is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Chico. His research interests are focused in American political thought, especially the political thought of the American Founding. He has published articles in, among other journals, American Political ThoughtPolity, History of Political Thought, and The Review of Politics. He is the author of two books on the historiography of the American founding, both published by University Press of Kansas. The first book, Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic, provides a broad overview of the post-Beardian study of the American founding; the second book, Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions, examines four central debates generated by the modern study of the American Founding. He is currently working on a study of the political thought of James Madison, tentatively titled James Madison and the Creation of an Impartial Republic. He has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

Carson Holloway is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  His books include All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and PoliticsThe Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy, and The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity. His most recent book is a study of American political thought: Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration: Completing the Founding or Betraying the Founding? (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  He has been a Visiting Fellow in Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions and a Visiting Fellow in American Political Thought at the Heritage Foundation. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Review of PoliticsInterpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, and Perspectives on Political Science, and he has written more popular articles for First ThingsPublic DiscourseNational Review, and The Federalist. He received a B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.

Bradley C. S. Watson is Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought and Professor of Politics at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he is Co-Director of the college’s Center for Political and Economic Thought, a research and public affairs institute dedicated to the scholarly exposition of freedom, Western civilization, and the American experience. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Claremont McKenna College and Princeton University. He has been Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita-Ricardo Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a Senior Scholar of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He has authored or edited many books, including Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence, Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, Courts and the Culture Wars, Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism, Civic Education and Culture, The Idea of the American University,and The West at War. His next book is an anthology entitled Progressive Challenges to the American Constitution: A New Republic, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He has also contributed to various journals, including Armed Forces and Society, Claremont Review of Books, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, National Review, and Perspectives on Political Science. He was educated in Canada, Belgium, and the United States, and holds degrees in economics, law, philosophy, and political science.

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Funded by:

The Bouton Law Lecture Fund