Dr. Drakeman has written extensivelycontinues to write and lecture about First Amendment Establishment Clause jurisprudence. Building, but his recent on his insights into how the Supreme Court has relied on the work of Dr. Muñoz and other leading scholars in interpreting the First Amendment,work has broaden beyond the confines of constitutional law, narrowly understood .his most recent His most recent book, Why We Need the Humanities: Life Science, Law and the Common Good, highlights the importance for society of significance of studying the humanities and argues for their usefulness in every professional field.
Constitutional Studies director Prof. Muñoz has been awarded for excellence in undergraduate teaching as a 2015-2016 Joyce Award winner!
Wondering what to do with a Constitutional Studies minor? Here's what a few of our graduates are up to!
Benjamin Brockman will be moving to Indianapolis to take a marketing job at Eli Lilly.
As a business major, I often have limited access to coursework outside of my field. The Constitutional Studies minor allowed me
to explore areas of study and topics that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. While I am entering a career in business, I have a passion for government and politics that was able to shine through in this minor. I am grateful for the professors and the various courses and topics I was able to explore.
Congratulations to all 38 of our 2016 Constitutional Studies graduates! This is our biggest class, and we are so proud of these students and their accomplishments.
The Tocqueville Program welcomed Stephen Macedo of Princeton University and Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation to campus for a Lincoln-Douglas style debate on the future of marriage, gay rights, and religious freedom.
Bradley Birzer, the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in History at Hillsdale College, is a 1990 alumnus of the University of Notre Dame. On April 6, he returned to campus to give a talk about his about his recent book, Russell Kirk: American Conservative.
Yuval Levin, a graduate of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, is the founding editor of National Affairs and Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On Tuesday, April 12th, Dr. Levin visited campus to meet with students and faculty and to deliver a public lecture entitled
Young Americans for Freedom, the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, and the Tocqueville Program welcomed Steve Forbes to campus. in November. His talk, "The Morality of Capitalism," drew a crowd of over 350 students!…
You can now watch a video of the first Professors for Lunch of the 2015-16 academic year!
We are pleased to welcome Donald Drakeman to the Constitutional Studies Program. Don has been a friend of the program, but it is an honor to have him join us officially as Distinguished Research Professor.
January 27, 2015 - Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame
"What is Marriage? A Conversation on the Meaning of Equality, Rights, and the Future of Marriage"
John Corvino - nationally renowned scholar advocating same-sex marriage and author of What's Wrong with Homosexuality?
Sherif Girgis - Co-author of What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, the leading scholarly defense of traditional marriage
Sponsored by the A&L Dean's Fellows and the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion & Public Life
October 2, 2014
Philip K. Howard
"Can American Government Be Fixed? How We Lost Authority to Govern Ourselves and What to do About It"
by Philip K. Howard
Philip K. Howard is a well-known leader of government and legal reform in America. His new book, The Rule of Nobody (W. W. Norton, April 2014), has been praised by Fareed Zakaria as “an utterly compelling and persuasive book that, if followed, could change the way America works.” His Ted Talk has has been viewed by almost 500,000 people. Mr. Howard is also the author of the best-seller The Death of Common Sense (Random House, 1995), The Collapse of the Common Good (Ballantine Books, 2002) and Life Without Lawyers (W. W. Norton, 2009).…
The 2014 Constitution Day Lecture at Notre Dame
"The Constitution as Political Theory"
October 10, 2014
James W. Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection, Liberal Democracy and Political Science, Reconstructing America, and Nature and History in American Political Development. Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. Professor Ceaser is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America.
"Beyond Liberalism and Culture Wars: A More Inclusive Pluralism"
By: George Marsden, History Emeritus
After facing-off with Jon Stewart and giving a Ted Talk with a half-million views, renowned legal expert and best-selling author Philip K. Howard comes to Notre Dame this Thursday to share his vision for simplifying the American legal system to promote the common good.
The 2014 University of Notre Dame Constitution Day Lecture will be delivered by James W. Ceaser: "The Constitution as Political Theory"
Please welcome Professor Patrick Deneen of Political Science as the acting director of the Constitutional Studies Minor for the 2014-2015 academic year.