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University of Nebraska-Omaha: The Consistency of James Madison – The Case of the Bill of Rights

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Portrait of James Madison

On April 29, 2022, the Constitutional Studies Forum at the University of Nebraska-Omaha will be hosting a lecture and follow-up discussion panel on the legacy of James Madison. “The Consistency of James Madison—The Case of the Bill of Rights” will be presented by JMC faculty partner Michael Zuckert at 10:00 AM. A panel discussion on “The Legacy of James Madison” will follow the lecture.

Panelists include:

Michael Zuckert, University of Notre Dame
William B. Allen, Michigan State University
Alan Gibson, University of Missouri

Friday, April 29, 2022 • 10:00 AM CDT
CEC 201/205/209 • University of Nebraska-Omaha

The event is free and open to the public.

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Michael ZuckertMichael P. Zuckert is a Visiting Professor at Arizona State University and the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science, Emeritus. He has published extensively in both Political Theory and Constitutional Studies. His books include Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, the Natural Rights RepublicLaunching Liberalism, and (with Catherine Zuckert) The Truth About Leo Strauss and Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy, in addition to many articles. He has also edited The Spirit of Religion & the Spirit of Liberty and (with Derek Webb) The Antifederal Writings of the Melancton Smith Circle. He is completing Natural rights and the New Constitutionalism, a study of American constitutionalism in a theoretical context. Professor Zuckert taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Political Philosophy and Theory, American Political Thought, American Constitutional Law, American Constitutional History, Constitutional Theory, and Philosophy of Law. His advising specialties were graduate programs in political science. He is a 2019 Visiting Professor in Arizona State University’s School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership. He co-authored and co-produced a public radio series, Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine Part Drama for the Radio. He was also senior scholar for Liberty! (1997), a six-hour public television series on the American Revolution and served as senior advisor on the PBS series on Ben Franklin (2002) and Alexander Hamilton (2007).

Professor Zuckert is a JMC faculty partner.

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William Allen is Emeritus Dean of James Madison College and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also a Veritas Fund Senior Professor in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University and Visiting Professor in History and American Government at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. Professor Allen is a former member and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been a Kellogg National Fellow, Fulbright Fellow and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He has published several books, including George Washington: America’s First Progressive and Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe. He also edited such collections as George Washington: A Collection and The Essential Antifederalist and has published numerous scholarly articles on political philosophy and American political thought.

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Alan Gibson is currently a Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute. His focus is American political thought, especially that of the American founding. Gibson has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published articles in, among other journals, American Political Thought, Polity, History of Political Thought, and The Review of Politics. Gibson is the author of two books on the historiography of the American founding, both published by University Press of Kansas. He is currently working on a study of the political thought of James Madison, tentatively titled James Madison and the Creation of an Impartial Republic. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame.

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