Cherry Award Winner Presents Constitution Day Lecture

Sept. 14, 2016
Thomas L. PangleThomas L. Pangle, Ph.D., courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2016) — Baylor University and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost will host Thomas L. Pangle, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, for a presentation on Constitution Day. Pangle will speak on “The Great Debate: The Federalists’ Response to the Anti-Federalists’ Challenge” in Bennett Auditorium in the Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. in Waco.

Pangle’s talk will bring to light the political theory of the Federalist Papers by situating them in their proper historical and theoretical context: as a response to the criticisms of the proposed Constitution launched by the Anti-Federalists.

Pangle holds the Joe R. Long Chair in Democratic Studies in the department of government and is co-director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin.

Pangle was awarded the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching by Baylor in 1992. The Cherry Award program is designed to honor great teachers, stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching and encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers. The award is given to distinguished professors who have a proven record of having an inspiring and long-lasting effect on students, as well as a record of distinguished scholarship.

In addition, Pangle has won Guggenheim and four National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and is a lifetime Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He also is well known for his DVD and audiotape lecture course, “The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution,” which is part of The Great Courses.

Constitution Day is celebrated at educational institutions throughout the country during the week of Sept. 17 in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. The purpose of the event is to encourage students to explore the meaning of the Constitution and the system of government that it establishes.

Since the inauguration of Constitution Day at Baylor, a variety of speakers and panels have examined the Constitution as it bears on a wide array of issues. Previous topics have included religion and 9/11, times of war, presidential rhetoric and economic policy.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information on the Constitution Day presentation, click here.

For more information on the Cherry Award, visit the Baylor Cherry Award page.

by Kelsey Dehnel, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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