Constitution Day Symposium
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The Ryan Center at Villanova University sponsored a symposium on “The United States Constitution: An Enduring Blueprint of Freedom for a Changing Society.” The symposium was held on Friday, September 17, 2010, Constitution Day, at Villanova Law School.
The keynote speaker was Professor Richard Beeman (University of Pennsylvania, Department of History), who spoke about his new book on the Constitutional Convention, Plain Honest Men. The other speakers included Professors Vincent Blasi (Columbia Law School), Samuel Issacharoff (New York University Law School), John O. McGinnis (Northwestern Law School), Viet D. Dinh (Georgetown Law Center), and Tabatha Abu-El-Haj (Drexel Law), as well as Villanova’s Professors Colleen Sheehan (Villanova University, Department of Political Science), Penelope Pether (Villanova Law), and Tuan Samahon (Villanova Law).
The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. The center is named for the distinguished graduate of Villanova University and Villanova Law School who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for over 40 years, including as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.