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Constitution Day 2019
September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
The Progressive Revolution in Constitutional Interpretation
Thursday | SEPT. 19 7:00 PM | SUB LOOKOUT ROOM
Speaker: Bradley C. S. Watson
Saint Vincent College
Bradley C. S. Watson is Professor of Politics and Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He is co-director of the college’s Center for Political and Economic Thought, a research and public affairs institute dedicated to the scholarly exposition of freedom, Western civilization, and the American experience. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Claremont McKenna College and Princeton University, and has been Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, and W. Glenn Campbell and Rita-Ricardo Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is a Senior Scholar of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and has served on the boards of directors of several organizations, including the National Association of Scholars and The Philadelphia Society.
He has authored or edited many books, including Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence, Progressive Challenges to the American Constitution: A New Republic, Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, Courts and the Culture Wars, Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism, Civic Education and Culture, The Idea of the American University, and The West at War. His next book is Progressivism: The Strange History of a Radical Idea, forthcoming from Notre Dame. He has also contributed to various journals, including Armed Forces and Society, Claremont Review of Books, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, National Review, and Perspectives on Political Science.
He has received fellowships from numerous national and international organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Earhart Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and the John Templeton Foundation. He was educated in Canada, Belgium, and the United States, and holds degrees in economics, law, philosophy, and political science.