OWL Monday Scholars
Course Topic: Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts & Supreme Court Cases
Mondays, September 29 - November 24*
12:30 - 2:15 p.m.
*No Class on October 13
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Taught by: Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School
Facilitated by: Cameron Bove
Facilitated by Cameron Bove, Monday Scholars is a weekly program from September 29 to November 24. Monday Scholars offers the best of two worlds: online learning and classroom discussion. Each week, a new lecture topic will be watched and discussed. All participants need to do is come ready to engage their minds and participate in discussion. There are no required homework assignments, log-ins, or other commitments.
About the Course: Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts & Supreme Court Cases
Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics include the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights.
The United States Constitution is a statement of America’s highest law and its deepest values. It is the document and the principles that make one nation and one people out of the several states. But where did it come from? How has it changed over the years? How do we know what it means? What problems did the Framers confront and what solutions did they adopt?
This course explores these questions and more. It examines the Constitution’s origins and the changes over the years, from the initial burst of amendments that brought us the Bill of Rights, through the bloody disruption of the Civil War, and into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
About the Professor: Kermit Roosevelt
Kermit Roosevelt graduated from Harvard University, summa cum laude, and Yale Law School. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the D.C. Circuit and Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court. He practiced law for two years with the Chicago office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches constitutional law and conflict of laws. His latest book, Conflict of Laws offers an accessible analytical overview of conflicts. His prior book, The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions sets out standards by which citizens can determine whether the Supreme Court is abusing its authority.
Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited. Registration is required.