Democracy and the Constitution: Essays by Walter Berns
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AEI scholar and historian Walter Berns has spent his academic career defending the United States Constitution. In his latest collection of essays, Democracy and the Constitution (AEI Press, September 2006), he addresses issues such as natural law, civil and states’ rights, multiculturalism, patriotism, the First Amendment, and the roles of academic and religious institutions.

Enduring questions of American political thought are explored in this volume, including: Was the American Revolution really a revolution? What is the proper relation between the states and the Union? What are the powers of government in perilous times? What is the origin of our inalienable rights?

Please join Mr. Berns as he examines these questions and defends America’s institutions of liberal democracy. Joining him in the discussion will be Judge Robert Bork of the Hudson Institute and George Will, syndicated columnist and panelist on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. AEI’s Lynne V. Cheney will moderate.


9:45 a.m.
Walter Berns, AEI
Judge Robert Bork, Hudson Institute
George F. Will, syndicated columnist, ABC News analyst
Lynne V. Cheney, AEI

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  • Walter Berns is also a professor emeritus at Georgetown University. A scholar of political philosophy and constitutional law, he has written extensively on American government and politics in both professional and popular journals. He is the author of numerous books on democracy, the Constitution, and patriotism. His most recent book is Democracy and the Constitution (AEI Press, 2006), a collection of essays. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005.
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Lynne V.
  • Lynne Cheney has spent much of her professional life writing and speaking about the importance of knowing American history and teaching it well. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993, she wrote and spoke about the importance of teaching children about the leaders, events, and ideas that have shaped our world, and she worked to provide opportunities for teachers to gain the in-depth knowledge that lies behind inspired instruction. Mrs. Cheney has worked to bring tales of the American past to a wide audience, writing articles about history for numerous publications on topics ranging from women's suffrage in the West to the way Americans celebrated the country's centennial. She has also turned her attention to children and their families, writing six bestselling history books for them, the most recent being We the People: The Story of Our Constitution (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She is currently working on an in-depth biography of James Madison, titled James Madison: A Life Reconsidered  (Viking, 2014), which will be released on May 6, 2014.
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