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University of Nebraska-Omaha: Liberty, Union, and the Constitution – Lessons from the Nineteenth Century

November 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

On November 10, 2022, the Constitutional Studies Forum at the University of Nebraska-Omaha will be hosting a panel discussion featuring three distinguished scholars presenting on the constitutional thought of three important nineteenth century American leaders.

Lucas Morel of Washington and Lee University will present on Abraham Lincoln. Peter Myers of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present on Frederick Douglass. And John Grove of Liberty Fund will present on John C. Calhoun.

Thursday, November 10, 2022 • 10:00 AM CST
CPACS 132 (Collaborating Commons Room) • University of Nebraska-Omaha

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Lucas Morel headshotLucas Morel is the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests include Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison. Professor Morel is former president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, a consultant on Library of Congress exhibits on Lincoln and the Civil War, and currently serves on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which will plan activities to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. He is the author/editor of several books, most recently authoring Lincoln and the American Founding (2020). Additionally, Professor Morel teaches in the Master’s Program in American History and Government at Ashland University in  Ohio, summer programs for the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and high school teacher workshops sponsored by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, the John M. Ashbrook Center, the Jack Miller Center, and the Liberty Fund.

Professor Morel is a JMC faculty partner.

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Peter MyersPeter Myers is Professor of Political Science, specializing in political philosophy and U.S. constitutional law, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Professor Myers is the author of two books: Our Only Star and Compass: Locke on the Struggle for Political Rationality (1998) and Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism (2008). He has published articles, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of liberal political philosophy, American literature, and American political thought, including a chapter on Martin Luther King, Jr., in the History of American Political Thought anthology edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Ashland University’s (and the MAHG program’s) Jeffrey Sikkenga, and an article on Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln in the May 2010 issue of the American Political Science Review. He is currently researching a book on the idea of color-blindness in American political thought.

Professor Myers is a JMC faculty partner.

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John Grove photoJohn G. Grove is the Associate Editor of Law & Liberty. Prior to joining Liberty Fund, he was associate professor of political science at Lincoln Memorial University. He received a PhD in political theory from Northern Illinois University and is the author of John C. Calhoun’s Theory of Republicanism, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2016. He has published academic and non-academic work in Polity, American Political Thought, National Affairs, The American Conservative, and other outlets.

Dr. Grove is a JMC fellow.

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About the Constitutional Studies Forum

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Constitutional Studies Forum brings academic programming at UNO that educates students, faculty, and the wider Omaha community about the Constitution of the United States, America’s constitutional traditions, their origins and development, and competing arguments over their meaning and proper application. The forum’s events teach participants about the thought that informed the Constitution at the time of the American Founding, but also about the thought that has informed its evolution over the course of our history, as well as present-day debates about the Constitution’s meaning, and the various defenses and criticisms of America’s constitutional arrangements.

By sponsoring such events, the Forum aims not only to increase knowledge of America’s constitutional traditions, but also to model for students — and to invite students into — reasoned, intellectually serious, respectful, and civil dialogue about contested public questions.

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