Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution, signed by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia. This year The King’s College observes this day on Thursday, September 20 with a presentation on “The Burdens of Constitutional Memory: Slavery, Segregation, and the Supreme Court” by Dr. David Tubbs and response by Marc O. DeGirolami, professor at St. John’s Law School and author of The Tragedy of Religious Freedom.Tickets are required for entry. RSVP HERE.
ABOUT DR. DAVID TUBBS
Professor David Tubbs earned his PhD. in politics at Princeton University, concentrating in political philosophy, constitutional law, and Russian studies. After receiving his doctorate in 2001, he spent academic year 2002-03 teaching in the Program in International Relations at Irkutsk State University in Irkutsk, Russia. From October 2003 to December 2004, he was the W.H. Brady Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He began teaching at King’s in August 2005.
In his scholarship, Professor Tubbs writes on topics in political philosophy and constitutional law and contemporary controversies in public policy. His book, Freedom’s Orphans, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. His shorter essays and book reviews have appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Academic Questions, Public Discourse, Touchstone, First Things, National Review, The American Spectator, and The New Criterion. Professor Tubbs teaches seven different courses at King’s: Constitutional Law; Public Policy; Statesmanship; Enlightenment and Liberal Democracy; Foundations of Politics; Civil Rights; and International Politics. He also regularly serves as an advisor to students working on their senior theses.
In Spring 2010, he received the “Faculty of the Year Award for Academic Excellence,” given annually by students at the college. In the last decade, he has lectured in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. In spring 2014 Professor Tubbs was Visiting Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton University. In academic year 2017-18, he is the Ann & Herbert W. Vaughn Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton.
ABOUT PROFESSOR MARC O. DEGIROLAMI
Professor Marc DeGirolami is a professor at St. John’s Law School. His scholarship focuses on law and religion, free speech, and constitutional law and history. His book, The Tragedy of Religious Freedom, was published by Harvard University Press in 2013. His papers have been published in various law journals including Notre Dame Law Review, Stanford Law and Policy Review, Constitutional Commentary, Legal Theory, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Boston College Law Review, San Diego Law Review, Alabama Law Review, and St. John’s Law Review, among others. He has written for The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, First Things, Commonweal, and The Library of Law and Liberty. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Law and Religion.
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