Jefferson Lectures Collaboration

The Institute for Legal Research collaborates with the Jefferson Memorial Lectures Endowment to co-sponsor events during the campus visit of the Jefferson Lecturer. The Jefferson Lecture Series is an annual talk on topics concerned with Thomas Jefferson or his times, with the development of the American governmental system, or with civil liberties and the Jeffersonian tradition.

Co-sponsored events have included a forum on “The Experience of Veterans in American Society” with James Wright; a Constitutional Day event on “Technology, Democracy, and the Law” featuring Steven Usselman; and a panel on “Courts, Politics, and the Media,” with Linda Greenhouse.


“The American Experiment: A 21st Century Assessment,” September 22, 2011

Rogers M. Smith
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

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“Sharia in the West? What Place for Religious Legal Systems in America and Other Democracies,” April 21, 2011

John Witte, Jr.
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion
Emory University

[WEBSITE] [VIDEO] [AUDIO]


“Japanese American Incarceration Reconsidered: 1970-2010,” September 14, 2010

Roger Daniels
Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History
University of Cincinnati

[WEBSITE] [VIDEO] [AUDIO]


“War Veterans and American Democracy,” February 2, 2010

James Wright
President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History
Dartmouth College

[WEBSITE] [VIDEO] [AUDIO]


“Technology, Democracy, and the Law,” September 17, 2009

Steven Usselman
Associate Professor, School of History, Technology, and Society
Georgia Institute of Technology

[WEBSITE] [AUDIO]


“The Mystery of Guantanamo Bay,” September 17, 2008

Linda Greenhouse
former Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times

[WEBSITE] [VIDEO] [AUDIO]


“The War on Terror and the Rule of Law,” September 17, 2007

Honorable A. Wallace Tashima
 US Circuit Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

[WEBSITE] [VIDEO]