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Posted: Monday Aug 20, 2012

August 20, 2012

The Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government’s Center for Political and Economic Thought will observe Constitution Day with a lecture by Dr. Matthew J. Franck entitled, Individual, Community, and State: How To Think About Religious Freedom at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center at Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Franck is the director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University where he taught constitutional law, American politics and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, and was chairman of the department of political science from 1995 to 2010.

Dr. Franck earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science (magna cum laude) from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his master of arts degree and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. He was a Henry J. Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in 1993, J. William Fulbright Professor of American Studies in 1998 at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, 2008-09, and a visiting lecturer in politics at Princeton in 2012.

He is the author of Against the Imperial Judiciary: The Supreme Court vs. the Sovereignty of the People (1996); co-editor with Richard G. Stevens of Sober As a Judge: The Supreme Court and Republican Liberty (1999); and a contributor to several other books, including Ourselves and Our Posterity (2009), edited by Professor Bradley C.S. Watson of Saint Vincent College. He has published essays and reviews in numerous academic journals and reviews and commentaries on constitutional and political subjects in such places as the Washington Post, First Things, National Review, the Claremont Review of Books and Public Discourse. Dr. Franck blogs at NRO’s “Bench Memos,” the “First Thoughts” blog at First Things and the “On Faith” page of the Washington Post and has appeared numerous times on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show, as well as on CNN, Fox and NPR.

For more information, contact the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College by contacting Mary Beth McConahey, program manager, marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu.


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