On Friday, May 8, from 4:30-5:30 PM, the University of St. Thomas School of Law will host an informal “book launch” / signing party at the “Atrium” first floor entrance to the Law School, on the Minneapolis Campus. The law school is located at 10th and LaSalle Ave.
Books will be available for purchase and signing – by at least one of the two co-authors. I will be there (of course – it’s where I work). Alas, Luke will be in California (where he has a “real” job).
Light refreshments will be served. At 5:00 PM, I will give the shortest talk ever given by a law professor. I promise.
All are welcome! If you are reading this, you are invited. The event is especially geared toward honoring and thanking all of my students, both at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, and my faculty colleagues from both faculties, for all they have contributed over my twenty-four years (!) of teaching, both indirectly to the book and directly,...
Our book has been reviewed by a sitting Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – and quite favorably, at that!
Justice Samuel A. Alito has written a wonderfully positive book review of The Constitution: An Introduction, which was posted earlier this week in the on-line version of the Journal Engage (published by The Federalist Society). It will also appear in the print version of that Journal.
You can read Justice Alito’s review here. (We are also posting it on the “Reviews” section of this website.)
We are tremendously honored by Justice Alito’s very generous review.
Stanley Fish, one of the most famous, iconoclastic, and provocative public intellectuals, legal scholars, and literary theorists of our age, has written in praise of The Constitution: An Introduction. We are tremendously gratified by this review.
Here is what Fish has to say about the book:
"The Constitution: An Introduction is packed both with essential information and discerning analysis. More than that, it reads like a novel-adventure story. It will make a great text in any number of classes."
We are honored by Professor Fish’s comments. We especially like the “reads like a novel-adventure story” part – high praise for a book about the Constitution (but also part of what we were aiming to achieve)! And coming from a literature and law scholar at that!
Fish’s praise is too late to make the back cover “blurbs” for the book, but we will add them to the “Early Praise” section of this website.
Posted at Public Discourse last week – and then blogged at Bench Memos – is a short article I wrote for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Employment Division v. Smith, the famous “peyote case” rejecting a religious freedom claim to exemption from the application of Oregon’s drug-prohibition laws, where used to prohibit the use of peyote at a Native American religious ritual.
Smith adopted an extremely narrow reading of the scope of the First Amendment’s protection for the “free exercise” of religion. (As my title implies, I am quite critical of the case.)
Our book, The Constitution: An Introduction, discusses – in a much more detached, descriptive manner – the thorny questions of the scope of religious freedom under the Constitution, and the history of the nation’s wrestling with these issues. We do so at several points in the narrative.
Chapter Five, which discusses the entire Bill of Rights, starts off with an introductory disc...
Just published, in the May issue of the magazine First Things, is a full-length feature article that Luke and I wrote, entitled “The Great Interpreter,” about the Civil War as an event of constitutional interpretation and about the centrality of President Abraham Lincoln to this war over constitutional meaning.
The article is adapted from Chapter 7 of The Constitution: An Introduction, which covers the constitutional history of the era of “Lincoln, the Civil War, and Reconstruction”.
We are tremendously pleased with this publication, both in its own right and as a way of introducing a large number of serious readers to our book! (We believe that First Things has in the neighborhood of 20,000 subscribers.)
The timing could not have been more perfect either: The magazine has a publication date of May 2015. But it actually arrived in readers mailboxes in early-mid-April, coinciding with the sesquicentennials of the end of the Civil War (with the surrender at Ap...