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Hesburgh Lecture - Brown vs. Board of Education

Hesburgh LectureCo-sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Reading, this year's Hesburgh Lecture will feature Notre Dame Political Science Professor Michael Zuckert, Ph.D on the topic of Brown vs. Board of Education. The 55th anniversary of the Supreme Court case that declared legalized school segregation unconstitutional was marked in 2009.  What did the decision actually accomplish, and what were the constitutional grounds for the decision? Why does it seem, in retrospect, to have been the right decision but a badly argued one? Dr. Zuckert is a political scientist specializing in American political thought and history; American constitutional history, law and theory; and political philosophy and will discuss whether or not there was a better way that the same decision could have been made.

Start Date: 4/23/2012 8:00 pm
End Date: 4/23/2012 9:30 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center (formerly the Bernardine Franciscan Conference Center)
Price: free and open to the public
Sponsor: Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Contact: Please contact the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at 610-790-1925 or holleran.center@alvernia.edu with questions or for more information.
 
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