By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Gary Jacobsohn will give the talk, "Reflections on America's Constitutional Identity," Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is based on research for his upcoming book, Constitutional Identity, which compares this concept in the United States, India, Ireland and Israel. Held in honor of Constitution Day, this event is co-sponsored as the Arnold L. Putterman Lecture.
Jacobsohn is the Patterson-Banister Professor of Government and H. Malcolm MacDonald Professor in Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds his degrees from City College of New York and Cornell University.
His areas of specialization include comparative constitutionalism, constitutional theory, constitutional law, and judicial process.
He has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a past president of the New England Political Science Association, and has served as co-editor of the Rowman & Littlefield series on Studies in American Constitutionalism.
Jacobsohn is the author of several books, including The Supreme Court and the Decline of Constitutional Aspiration (Rowman & Littlefield, 1986); Pragmatism, Statesmanship, and the Supreme Court (Cornell University Press, 1977); Apple of Gold: Constitutionalism in Israel and the United States (Princeton University Press, 1993); The Wheel of Law: India's Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context (Princeton University Press, 2003, Oxford University Press - India, 2003); and the forthcoming Constitutional Identity (Harvard University Press).
He is co-editor of American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes with Donald P. Kommers and John E. Finn (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), and Diversity and Citizenship: Rediscovering American Nationhood with Susan Dunn (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).
Constitution Day was proposed in 2004 by Sen. Robert C. Byrd as a way to ensure that students gain an increased knowledge and appreciation for this valuable and important document of freedom. Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the day the document was adopted in 1787.
The Arnold L. Putterman Lectureship was established by Arnold L. Putterman, Class of 1960, in memory of Isaac and Pearl Putterman. The subject of the annual lecture is to be in the humanities, the social sciences, the history of philosophy, or the history of the natural sciences.
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