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Paul Finkelman, renowned constitutional scholar and Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law, will present two lectures at Colby College in March. On Sunday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. Finkelman will discuss “The Constitution in the Aftermath of 9/11.” The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building on the Waterville campus and is sponsored by Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. On Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. Finkelman will discuss “The ‘Ten Commandments’ Case in Historical Perspective.” The lecture will be held in Room 100 of Lovejoy Building and is sponsored by the Department of History. Both events are open to the public free of charge.
A specialist in first amendment issues, American legal history and race and the law, Finkelman was an expert plaintiff witness in the 2003 Alabama Ten Commandments Case, in which a federal court ordered the removal of a granite monument of the Ten Commandments put in place by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. While Moore argued that the Ten Commandments represent the moral foundation of American law, Finkelman told the court that the moral foundation of law appears to be the struggle for individual freedom.
Finkelman is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Constitutional Law in Context, Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson and Baseball and the American Legal Mind. Prior to joining the University of Tulsa College of Law faculty in 1999, he was the John F. Seiberling Professor of Law at the University of Akron Law School. He has been a Fellow in Law and the Humanities at Harvard Law School and received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago.
The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, new this academic year, is an innovative academic initiative designed to engage Colby students and faculty in projects in the local community, the state of Maine, the nation and other countries where they study and work.