Memphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) will hold a public seminar in recognition of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution entitled, “What does the Constitution Really Say (and can we agree on what it means)?” on Monday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center located in Buckman Hall, Room 211.
Dr. Karl Leib, CBU Associate Professor of History and Political Science, will discuss the intended meaning of the Constitution. “While the Constitution is at the center of the American political system, there have always been disputes over its exact meaning. Some of this is unavoidable,” states Leib, “as much of the Constitution is deliberately ambiguous and open to different interpretations. For example, the federal government is empowered to act for “the common defense and general welfare,” but what does that actually mean? Is there a Constitutional right to privacy? What exactly does the Constitution say about religion? The difficulty is that, while Americans revere their Constitution, they do not always agree on what it means. Political conflicts that touch on Constitutional theory (and most do to some degree) are difficult to resolve without a common vocabulary.”
This year’s Constitution Day talk will explore these questions, strip away some of the mystery, and perhaps offer some answers. Because this will be a conversation about a document that belongs to us all, Leib strongly encourages everyone to read the Constitution (available at www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/browse-gm-09.htm).
This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Karl Leib at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 321-3337. ###