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For most of the last half century and more, the scholarly, juridical, and political struggles over the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution have largely revolved around the competing schools of the “living Constitution,” strongly associated with judicial activism and political liberalism, and originalism, strongly associated with judicial restraint and political conservatism.  But more recently, the originalist school has undergone significant fissures, with some of its adherents espousing “judicial engagement” and rejecting the counsels of restraint. The consequence is that figures on both the left and the right in our constitutional politics espouse some form of judicial activism. But the self-described originalists who fit this description have paid insufficient attention to the original understanding of the judicial power, which earlier generations of scholars devoted to restraint understood better.

This lecture will be livestreamed @ 12 noon on December 5 for those who cannot join in person.

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.


Matthew J. Franck
Matthew J. Franck
Princeton University

Associate Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and Lecturer in Politics

Matthew J. Franck is Associate Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, and Lecturer in Politics, at Princeton University.  He is also Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute, book review editor of Public Discourse, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University.  In addition to various scholarly books, chapters, and articles, his writings have appeared in National Affairs, The New Atlantis, the Claremont Review of Books, First Things, Touchstone, National Review, and the Weekly Standard.

Event Details

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Location

Acton Institute | Mark Murray Auditorium
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Schedule

11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends

Tickets

$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.

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