Tuesday, Sept. 17 marks the 226th anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, a document described by 19th-century British politician W.E. Gladstone as “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”
In honor of Constitution Day, the Yale Law School is hosting a talk on “Journalists and National Security” by visiting lecturer Floyd Adams, an attorney specializing in constitutional law, especially the First Amendment. The talk will take place at noon in Rm. 122 of the Law School, 127 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.
In his talk, Abrams will draw from his new book ,“Friend of the Court,” a compilation and exploration of issues such as censorship and national security. The book's sources include articles Abrams has written for The New York Times, testimony he has delivered before congressional committees, lectures in foreign locations such as Kuala Lumpur, as well as his frequent televisions interviews.
Other ways to commemorate Constitution Day at Yale
• Learn how the nation’s founders crafted the historic document in “The Road to the Constitutional Convention” and “Creating a Constitution,” lectures 22 and 23, respectively, in the Open Yale Course “The American Revolution,” taught by Professor Joanne Freeman.
• Listen to the netcast “Whatever Happened to Freedom of Association?” — the Ralph Gregory Elliot Lecture at Yale Law School, presented by Stanford law professor Michael McConnell.
• Read the document in its entirety via the Law Library’s Avalon Project for Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy.
• Enjoy the video below, originally created in 2012, featuring students, staff, and alumni reading the preamble to the Constitution.