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For Immediate Release

Media contacts:
Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Sanford Levinson to discuss why U.S. needs a new Constitution

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Feb. 27, 2007 – The United States Constitution is generally viewed as the foundation of American democracy, but an acclaimed constitutional scholar says it is a “ticking time bomb.”

Sanford Levinson, who holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School, will discuss “Why the United States Needs a New Constitution” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5 at Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., west of Cutler Hall on the Colorado College campus.

His lecture is free and open to the public.

Levinson will address the danger of what he calls the “ticking time bomb” in the Constitution, and explain how to design a Constitution adequate to the challenges presented by terrorism and other such realities of the new millennium.

In his 2004 testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Levinson quoted George Washington as saying, “the warmest friends and the best supporters of the Constitution do not contend that it is free from imperfections. … The People (for it is with them to Judge) can, as they will have the advantage of experience on their side, decide with as much propriety on the alterations and amendments which are necessary. … I do not think we are more inspired, have more wisdom, or possess more virtue, than those who will come after us.”

A distinguished editor, acclaimed author and frequent contributor to the popular blog “Balkanization,” Levinson has accumulated much working knowledge over a lifetime dedicated to the study of the U.S. Constitution and constitutional amendments. Before joining the University of Texas Law School, he was a member of the department of politics at Princeton University. He also is a professor in the department of government at the University of Texas. 

Levinson is the author of four books: "Constitutional Faith" (1988, winner of the Scribes Award); "Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies" (1998); "Wrestling with Diversity" (2003); and, most recently, "Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It)" (2006). He also is the author of more than 250 articles and book reviews in professional and popular journals.

His lecture is sponsored by the Colorado College political science department.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.

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