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Michael Klarman to discuss “Constitution worship”

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September 8, 2010
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Michael J. Klarman

Michael J. Klarman

Harvard Law School professor Michael J. Klarman will discuss civil rights and civil liberties at The Johns Hopkins University’s 2010 Constitutional Forum, a discussion of important legal issues held in conjunction with the annual observance of Constitution Day.

During his talk, “A Skeptical View of Constitution Worship,” Klarman will discuss how our civil rights and civil liberties depend a lot less on the Constitution and courts than one might think.

The forum will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, in Hodson Hall auditorium, Room 110, on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Admission is free. Visitor parking is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211. For information, the general public may call 443-287-9900 or e-mail constitution@jhu.edu.

Klarman is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School, where he joined the faculty in 2008. An expert in constitutional law and history with a particular focus on race, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from Stanford Law School, and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar. After law school, Klarman clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals on the District of Columbia Circuit. He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987 and served there until 2008 as the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional law and Constitutional history. Klarman has also served as the Ralph S. Tyler Jr. Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Distinguished Visiting Lee Professor of Law at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, visiting professor at Stanford Law School, and visiting professor at Yale Law School. His first book, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and received the 2005 Bancroft Prize in History. He published two books in the summer of 2007, also with Oxford University Press: Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement and Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History, which is part of Oxford’s Inalienable Rights series. In 2009, Professor Klarman was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The 2010 Constitutional Forum is supported by the George Huntington Williams Memorial Lectureship, established to honor the memory of George Huntington Williams, a pioneer in the microscopic study of rocks and minerals. He was the university’s first professor of petrology and founded what was then called the Department of Geology (now Earth and Planetary Sciences) in the late 1880s. In 1917, his family created an endowment in his memory for lectures by distinguished public figures on topics of widespread contemporary interest. Past speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

The events will celebrate Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the day in 1787 when delegates convened for the final time to sign the U.S. Constitution. Additional information about Constitution Day may be found by searching the Web site of The National Archives, http://www.archives.gov/ .

The 2010 Constitutional Forum at Johns Hopkins is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Department of Political Science, and the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs.

[Note to editors: A high resolution, color, digital photograph of Michael Klarman is available by contacting Amy Lunday at 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu.]

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