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Texas State University: The Crisis of the Two Constitutions

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

On February 24, 2022, Texas State University hosted faculty partner Charles Kesler for a discussion of constitutional interpretation and partisanship:

American politics are embittered by the growing fracture between two rival constitutions, two opposed cultures, two contrary ways of life. American conservatives rally around the founders’ Constitution, as amended and as grounded in the rights and duties of the Declaration of Independence. American liberals herald the “Living Constitution” and hold that the fundamental political imperative is constant change or transformation. This talk will explore the thought of the founders and their progressive critics, with an eye towards determining how we got here, where we go from here, and what is ultimately at stake in our increasingly divided country.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 • 7:00 PM CST
Alkek, Room 250 • Texas State University

Please direct inquiries to Jack Grace at politicalscience@txstate.edu.

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Charles KeslerCharles R. Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont-McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University and a Senior Fellow at The Claremont Institute. The editor of The Claremont Review of Books, he is the author of several books including Crisis of the Two Constitutions: The Rise, Decline, and Recovery of American Greatness and I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism, and the editor of several others including Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (with William F. Buckley, Jr.) and the best-selling edition of The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics). He is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Bradley Prize, a high honor bestowed upon distinguished individuals who have influenced American scholarship and debate.

Professor Kesler is a JMC faculty partner.

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Discourse in Democracy is a series of events designed to engage undergraduate students in political and philosophical debate about today’s most important issues. Discourse in Democracy provides opportunities for students to become more deeply involved in their Texas State community by offering lectures and seminars by keynote speakers, chances to collaborate with professors, other students, and prominent professionals in the field at the federal, state, and local levels.

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