Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

Syllabi

Syllabi

Semester Seminars

Who Would Have Thought. . .The Unlikely Legal History of the 14th Amendment, 1866–1890
Instructor: Jonathan Lurie
October 5, 12, 19, and 26, November 2 and 9, 2006
Click here for a PDF of the Syllabus.

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Giving

Giving

Over the past twenty-five years, American constitutional history has been de-emphasized in favor of "trendier" subjects at the nation's universities and colleges. As historian Gordon Wood has noted, "most universities have long since given up teaching undergraduate courses in American constitutional history, and most of those few remaining professors who do teach it are retiring and not being replaced with constitutional scholars” (New York Review of Books, February 23, 2006).

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Staff and Advisors

Staff and Advisors

 

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Programs

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Programs

The Institute for Constitutional History currently offers a variety of programs that enhance the teaching of Constitutional Studies and encourage scholars to increase their involvement in the field:

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Upcoming Seminars

The Institute for Constitutional History sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events during the academic year. Here is a partial list of upcoming and recent events:

Upcoming Events

The Jordan Saunders Seminar in Constitutional History for advanced graduate students and junior faculty
September 19, 26, October 10 and 24, 2014

SLAVERY AND THE LAWS OF WAR
Sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional History

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Post Elections: The Great Divide

Speaker: 
Beverly Gage
Akhil Reed Amar
Jonathan Alter
Christopher Caldwell
Lesley Stahl
Thu, April 28th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

When Barack Obama was elected President, people across the globe anticipated the coming of a new age of American liberalism and bipartisanship. Yet two years after his inauguration, the nation is experiencing a conservative resurgence of dramatic proportions. With Republicans consistently opposing the president’s main platforms and Democrats accusing the president of being too conceding, political disharmony is crippling the legislative process.

Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903

Speaker: 
Lawrence Goldstone
Eric Foner
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Thu, May 26th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

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