Constitution Day

16 Sep

Friday, September 17 is Constitution Day.  Ohio University begins its celebration tonight and continues with additional activities targeted at students tomorrow (see, the Student Affairs website for more information).  There’s a lecture this evening to mark Constitution Day. Robert Rubin a noted Civil Rights attorney is going to talk about “Constitutional Interplay: Majoritarian Rule and Individual Rights.”  The talk will be in 145 Walter Hall from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

I asked my colleague Ann Fidler, who is trained as a legal historian, what book she might recommend to someone who is interested in learning more about our constitutional heritage.  Here’s what she had to say:  “I know that it is dated, but I’m still a big fan of Richard Kluger’s Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America’s Struggle for Equality.  The power of the narrative he constructed is hard to beat.”  When pressed about her favorite legal history book, she confesses to having a fondness for A.W. Brian Simpson’s Cannibalism and the Common Law.  She says “This is one of those books that I wish I had written.  It concerns a famous nineteenth-century English case that you can debate endlessly.”

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