Baylor Law School’s Second Annual Federalist Papers Lecture Series Centers on ‘Constitutional Conservatism’

Sept. 29, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 29, 2015) – Baylor Law School will present its second annual John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in Baylor Law School, Room 127.

Guest speaker Peter Berkowitz, J.D. and Ph.D., the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, will present a lecture titled, “Constitutional Conservatism.”

“Moderation has become a term of abuse in American politics,” Berkowitz said. “It is equated with splitting the difference, sticking to the middle of the road and going along to get along. But moderation rightly understood, which involves the harmonizing of rival but necessary principles, is a virtue. Through its complex scheme of federalism and separated and integrated powers, the American Constitution institutionalizes political moderation.”

The lecture series was established by Baylor benefactors John and Marie Chiles to showcase the importance of the Federalist Papers.

“Peter Berkowitz’s expertise focuses on modern conservatism and progressivism in our public square,” said Brad Toben, J.D., dean of Baylor Law School. “Baylor Law is honored to present this event that is made possible through the philanthropy and civic-mindedness of our dear friends John and Marie Chiles.”

A Dr Pepper float reception will precede the lecture at 3 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to RSVP here.

Baylor Law School is located at 1114 S. University Parks Drive.

For more information, contact Baylor Law School at 254-710-1911.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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