SUNY-Geneseo: The Civic Constitution

SUNY-Geneseo: “The Civic Constitution”


On November 19, 2020, the Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo, a JMC partner program, will be holding a JMC-sponsored virtual lecture with faculty partner Jeffrey Tulis on the Constitution and its public perception:

In our thinking about the Constitution today, we tend to understand that document as it has been understood and interpreted by courts and judges.  This is the juridical Constitution, a Constitution for lawyers, and we tend to think of this as the whole Constitution, but it has not always been this way.  In fact, the lawyers’ constitution is only a part of the whole Constitution, the civic Constitution.  This is the Constitution as it is understood and argued about by ordinary citizens and office holders other than judges.  But this Constitution is now almost a lost enterprise.  This talk is about what it was, how it was conducted, what it means to lose it, and how it can perhaps be recovered. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4:00 PM, EST
A virtual lecture through Zoom

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Jeffrey TulisJeffrey Tulis is a 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).

Professor Tulis is a JMC faculty partner.

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The Forum on Constitutionalism and Democracy at SUNY-Geneseo was established in 2019 by Professors Carly Herold and Aaron Herold to establish programming and foster campus conversations about civic education and liberal democracy.  The Forum is supported by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.



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