Thursday March 24 at 4 p.m. in HGS 217A, Yale University (co-sponsored with YEAH): “Will the Real Founding Fathers Please Stand Up: Or Why Do Historians Dislike Constitutional Originalism So Much?” A talk by and conversation with legal historian Saul Cornell, Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University
One of the nation’s leading authorities on early American constitutional thought, Professor Cornell is the author of two prize-winning works in American legal history. His scholarship has been widely cited by legal scholars, historians, the U.S Supreme Court and several state supreme courts. Professor Cornell has also been a leading advocate of using new media to teach history and has authored a path-breaking new American history text book, Visions of America, which uses visual materials to illustrate the competing visions that have shaped American history.Following Professor Cornell’s talk, we will open the floor to discussion. We will give particular attention to the issue of how historians can approach writing for a wider audience, especially when the topic has implications for controversial contemporary policy debates. Refreshments served.