Professor Amar, considered one of the leading contemporary legal thinkers, will address the nature of constitutions, exploring how ideas about constitutions have changed and developed, and how they might look in the future.
The lecture will cover themes addressed in his acclaimed recent book America's Unwritten Constitution, in which he argues that America’s foundational document cannot be understood in textual isolation; rather, it requires consideration of factors including the precedents set by early presidents and Congresses, common practices of modern American citizens, and venerable judicial decisions.
Akhil Reed Amar aims high and has produced a masterful, readable book that constitutes one of the best, most creative treatments of the U.S. Constitution in decades
Akhil Reed Amar is a rarity: a progressive law professor who is unafraid of the text of the Constitution…. He is masterfully creative in finding overarching themes that tie the disparate clauses together in novel and sometimes counterintuitive ways…. A highly engaging and thought-provoking book.