Constitutional Rhetoric and Presidential Elections: A Claremont Discourse Panel in Recognition of Constitution Day

With John Pitney (Government Department, Claremont McKenna College), Claudia Strauss (Anthropology Field Group, Pitzer College), Victor Silverman (History Department, Pomona College), Michael Uhlmann (Department of Politics and Policy/SPE, Claremont Graduate University), and Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Politics Department, Pomona College). Moderated by John Seery (Politics Department, Pomona College).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

Nearly 230 years after it was written and ratified, the meaning of the language in the United States Constitution continues to be hotly debated. In our courtrooms and our living rooms, we interpret the declarations made for us by our Founding Fathers and seek within them the intentions of those same men. The efforts of the American people to understand and interpret the Constitution are vividly on display or vividly hidden during our national elections. In light of the current electoral cycle and the national celebration of Constitution Day, the Claremont Colleges Library has invited a panel of Claremont faculty members to discuss how the Constitution is invoked, used, or conspicuously ignored in the service of political ends during our national elections. Our panelists will consider what effect political rhetoric that quotes, misquotes, merely mentions, or detours around the Constitution has on the behaviors and sentiments of citizens called to vote.

For more information, contact Adam Rosenkranz at (909) 607-3986 or

Many previous Claremont Discourse Lectures are available for viewing in the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

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