The Supreme Court Historical Society is pleased to announce the second
annual seminar for college teachers and advanced doctoral students, a
program associated with the Institute for Constitutional Studies. This
year the topic for discussion will be "Creating the Federal Republic."
The seminar will be led by Professor Jack Rakove of Stanford University
and by Professor Akhil Reed Amar of the Yale Law School.
Professor Rakove is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Original
Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution."
Professor Amar is the author, most recently, of "The Bill of Rights:
Creation and Reconstruction."
The seminar will focus broadly on constitutional issues in the founding
era. Seminar leaders will guide discussion around the topics of the
participants' interests, will share their own research, and will
organize guest lectures and other activities that will take advantage of
the unique riches of the Washington area for research on these subjects.
They will also advise the participants regarding archival research and
use of other primary resources.
Participants will be required to identify their topics or research
interests in advance and provide a short bibliography of reading
materials for seminar members to read. Each regular meeting will
concentrate on one of these research topics. Times outside the scheduled
meetings will be reserved for special events, as well as for individual
consultation with the seminar leaders. Participants will be expected, as
a result of the seminar, to produce a draft of some significant part of
The seminar will meet in Washington, DC for three weeks, June 12-30,
2000, and daily sessions will be held at Opperman House, the new
headquarters building of the Supreme Court Historical Society, near the
Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Participants may be housed in
near-by university residence halls or make other arrangements.
Enrollment will be limited to fifteen participants, each of whom will be
awarded a stipend of up $2,100 to cover costs of travel, room, and
Applicants for the seminar should send a copy of their c.v., a brief
description (three to five pages) of the research project to be pursued
in the seminar, and a short statement on how this seminar will be useful
to them in their research, teaching, or professional development.
Materials should be sent to the adress listed below, by 15 April 2000.
Successful applicants will be notified in early May.
For further information, contact Jennifer Lowe, Supreme Court Historical
Society, phone 202-543-0400, or e-mail JMLowe@supremecourthistory.org
Supreme Court Historical Society
224 East Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20003
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