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Judge William O.E. Sterling/Constitution Day Lecture
September 19, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
We the Whole People: Creating a More Perfect Union from Imperfect People
How does a document written 230 years ago continue to guide a fractured modern republic? What are the principles that underlie the success of the world’s oldest written national constitution? And what are the stories of the Americans who sought to expand the definition of “We the People”? From the Cherokee Nation to Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony, these voices resonate today with a call to fulfill the Constitution’s charge to create “a more perfect union.” James Madison framed this dilemma in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” Can we create a more perfect union from imperfect people?
Linda R. Monk, affectionately nicknamed “The Constitution Lady”, is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Her books include The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, Ordinary Americans: U.S. History through the Eyes of Everyday People, and The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. For more than 25 years, Ms. Monk has written commentary for newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and Huffington Post. In addition, she has appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. She also served as a visiting scholar for the National Constitution Center in 2003.