October 10, 2008
Noted Legal Scholar Vince Blasi to Discuss “James Madison’s Belated Appreciation of the First Amendment” October 14
Vincent Blasi, the nation’s leading constitutional scholar in free speech jurisprudence, will discuss “James Madison’s Belated Appreciation of the First Amendment” at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in Chiles Room 128 located in the southwest wing of the Lillis Business Complex.
The lecture, co-sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and the School of Law, will examine Madison’s theory that the separation of governmental powers was the constitutional provision that would do the majority of the work to safeguard the basic rights of all citizens and the interests of political minorities. According to Blasi, Madison helped to pass the First Amendment and its accompanying amendments mainly to keep a promise to those who were reluctant to ratify the Constitution unless it was amended to include a Bill of Rights.
Blasi is the James Madison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia and the Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties at Columbia Law School. In addition, he has taught at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, the University of Texas, and The College of William and Mary. For the past 23 years, Professor Blasi has team-taught with Anthony Lewis, the former New York Times bureau chief and columnist, a course on freedom of the press in the Columbia Journalism School. In 1998 he was one of five law professors elected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.