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Institute for Constitutional Studies

SUNY Ulster founded the Institute for Constitutional Studies to help college faculty, students, teachers, business people, the legal community and the general public in the Mid-Hudson Valley deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of the United States and the New York state constitutions, their history and their continuing relevance to current public policy debates. The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact 687-5262.


SPRING 2017

Federalism and the Importance of State Constitutions
Presented by the the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies

Albert Rosenblatt

 

The Honorable Judge Albert Rosenblatt

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.,
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall 203
The Honorable Judge Albert Rosenblatt, New York State Court of Appeals (retired), Distinguished Judicial Fellow, New York University Law School will present “Federalism and the Importance of State Constitutions,” on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge. Sponsored by the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.

 


SPRING 2016

Combatting Terrorism: Challenges to Traditional Constitutional Norms
Presented by the the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies

Dr. Schuyler Foerster

Dr. Schuyler Foerster

Monday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.,
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall
Dr. Schuyler Foerster, Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the United States Air Force Academy, examines how terrorism is different from traditional conflict, how it blurs the lines between “war” and “crime,” and how it crosses traditional boundaries between domestic and foreign policy. He also examines the role of the military, the role and limits of intelligence, and the treatment of “combatants vs. criminals” whether U.S. citizens or not.


 

FALL 2015 


The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure American Liberties 
Presented by the the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies

 

Dr. Carol Berkin
Dr. Carol Berkin


Monday, September 28, 2015
6:30 p.m. College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

The award winning author of six major books on American history from the Revolution to the Civil War, Dr. Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of American Colonial and Revolutionary History and Women’s History, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, will speak on the topic “The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure American Liberties.” She serves on the Board of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Board of the National Council for History Education.


 

SPRING 2015

Finding the Framers: Making Sense of the Constitution after Ratification
Presented by the the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies

 

Poster for 2015 Institute for Constitutional Studies

Dr. Simon Gilhooley

March 24, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.
College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall

Gilhooley, Bard College Assistant Professor of Political Studies, was educated at the University of Edinburgh, the University of London and Cornell University. He has been a member of the Bard College faculty since 2013, teaching courses on contemporary American politics, American political history, American political thought and constitutional practice.

Before joining the Bard faculty, Gilhooley taught at Ithaca College. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the McNeill Center for Early American Studies.

SUNY Ulster President Don Katt and Dr. Ray Raymond, Associate Professor of Government and History at SUNY Ulster, founded the Institute for Constitutional Studies in 2009 to help College faculty, students, teachers, business people, the legal community and the general public in the Mid-Hudson Valley deepen their understanding of the fundamental principles of the United States and the New York state constitutions, their history and their continuing relevance to current public policy debates.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact (845) 687-5262.


 

FALL 2014

John Adams and James Madison as Constitutional Thinkers
Presented by the the Dr. Donald C. Katt Institute for Constitutional Studies

 

photo of Richard Bernstein
Richard Bernstein 
Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall 

Revisiting two key American founding fathers, New York Law School professor and New York Times best-selling author, Richard Bernstein explores both John Adams and James Madison as the indispensable thinking politicians of the American Revolution.

 

 


 

Earlier Constitutional Studies Lectures:

Fall 2013: Harold Holzer, noted Lincoln scholar

Fall 2012: Pulitzer Prize nominee William Howard Adams  on “Gouverneur Morris: The Uncommon Founder.”  

Fall 2011: The Prophet of American Constitutionalism, or, How John Adams Became a Founding Father - Richard Bernstein, Constitutional Historian and New York Law School Professor

Spring 2011: Freedom of Speech: The First Amendment, The Citizens United Case and American Politics - Daniel Feldman, Former New York Deputy Attorney General. 

 

 

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