The Constitution Goes to Princeton

The Annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism

April 21, 2015
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Akhil Reed AmarSterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

With vignettes drawn from his new book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (Basic Books, April 2015), Professor Amar will reflect on educational backgrounds of the current Justices (three of whom are Princeton graduates), the past and present presidential aspirations of various prominent Ivy League graduates (including several Princetonians) and the constitutional lessons to be learned from the name of a particular New Jersey city not too far from Princeton.  And in the unscripted part of this event, he may just tell the audience what he really thinks about James Madison and Woodrow Wilson.

This very special annual lecture celebrates the work of the late Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Princeton University, and his dedication to excellence in the study of American and comparative constitutional law theory.  A decade after joining the Princeton faculty, Professor Murphy was named the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, succeeding Woodrow Wilson, Edward S. Corwin, and Alpheus T. Mason in one of the Nation's most prestigious Chairs. 

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. His work on American constitutional law has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received the DeVane Medal—Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence.  He has been favorably cited by Supreme Court Justices in some thirty cases, and he regularly testifies before Congress.  He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show, The West Wing, and his work has been showcased on more recent TV shows such as The Colbert ReportCharlie Rose, and The MHP Show. Professor Amar is also the author of several books, including America’s Constitution: A Biography (2005) and America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012). His latest book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic, has just been released. He received his BA and JD from Yale University.

Video:

The Constitution Goes to Princeton

Location:

Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • The Program in Law and Public Affairs

Funded by:

The Bouton Law Lecture Fund

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  • Akhil Amar lecturing on Constitution at Princeton
  • Akhil Amar lecturing on Constitution at Princeton
  • Akhil Amar lecturing on Constitution at Princeton