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William B. Allen to Give Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 16

The Constitution Day lecture at Washington and Lee University, featuring Dr. William B. Allen, emeritus professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, will be Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of Allen’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is “Defining Freedom Up: The Constitution and National Character.”

Allen has published extensively, including “Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe” (2008) and “George Washington: America’s First Progressive” (2008).

He is a Veritas Fund senior professor in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He is also a visiting professor in history and American government at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

Allen previously served on the U. S. National Council for the Humanities, chairman and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has been a Kellogg National Fellow, Fulbright Fellow and a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

The talk is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, The Center for International Education, The School of Law and the Law School’s American Constitution Society Student Chapter.