Notre Dame: The Antifederalist Appropriation of the Constitution

Jeffrey Tulis

Constitutional Studies: “How the Federalist Opened the Door to the ‘Antifederalist Appropriation’ of the Constitution”


The Constitutional Studies Program, a JMC partner program, and the Tocqueville Program at the University of Notre Dame will be hosting Jeffrey Tulis for a lecture on how the Federalist helped to create an “antifederalist appropriation” of the Constitution.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 • 11:00 AM
Jenkins and Nanovic Halls, Room B101 • University of Notre Dame

Free and open to the public

Tulis Lecture Poster

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Jeffrey TulisJeffrey Tulis is an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin. His interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  He has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. His most recent book (co-authored with Nicole Mellow) is Legacies of Losing in American Politics (Chicago, 2018).

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The Constitutional Studies Program at Notre Dame, a JMC partner program, is a minor that seeks to educate students on constitutional governments and how they may be used to secure the common good. Thoughtful and educated citizens must possess certain virtues; they must understand and be able to implement, defend, and, if need be, reform constitutional institutions. By creating informed citizens, the program contributes to the University’s mission to pursue truth and to nurture a concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.

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The Tocqueville Program at Notre Dame fosters the study of the role of religion in America’s constitutional republic. Through public lectures, debates, conferences, and fellowships, the Tocqueville Program seeks to nurture informed conversation, learning, and scholarship about the fundamental principles of a decent and just political regime with a particular focus on religious liberty.

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