Slavery in New York

February 01, 2011
February 01, 2011

Lincoln and New York

May 31, 2011
May 31, 2011

Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View

Stephen Breyer
Tue, 05/31/2011 - 18:30
Tue, May 31st, 2011 | 7:30 pm

How does the Constitution, an 18th-century document, relate to and dictate the laws of a 21st-century society? Through the analysis of past cases, including those concerning slavery, the Cherokee Indians, and detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s arduous—and often turbulent—journey to establish its legitimacy as guardian of the Constitution. Having earned the public’s confidence, he expounds how the Court can continue promoting a workable democracy going forward.

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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 Institute for Constitutional History is pleased to announce a spring seminar for advanced graduate students and junior faculty. This year’s seminar is entitled:


Emancipation Proclamation

October 07, 2005
October 16, 2005

Fascimile of the Emancipation Proclamation

October 20, 2005
March 26, 2006

Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery

June 16, 2006
January 07, 2007


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