2019 UTC Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type
Center for Reflective Citizenship

 At the dawn of the Republic, the founders debated the proper role of faith in American civic life. Which rights should be extended to religious minorities? What is the appropriate relationship between church and state? Does the Establishment Clause require their separation? Or can religious liberty flourish alongside government support for faith? This lecture will explore how the towering figures of the founding period grappled with these questions—and how their answers can help us navigate the challenges of faith and freedom in modern America

Andrew Porwancher


Andrew Porwancher is the Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he teaches Constitutional History. Porwancher previously held the Garwood Fellowship at Princeton and Horne Fellowship at Oxford. He earned his PhD in History from Cambridge, his Master’s Degree from Brown, and his Bachelor’s from Northwestern, summa cum laude. Currently, Porwancher is at work on his third book, The Jewish Life of Alexander Hamilton, which is under contract with Harvard University Press. His earlier works include The Devil Himself: A Tale of Honor, Insanity, and the Birth of Modern America, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and is currently being adapted into a theatrical production.

For other information about the event, including reserved seating for groups and individuals, please contact Jeffrey Melnik, edast@utc.edu, 423-425-2118 or visit: https://www.utc.edu/center-reflective-citizenship/2019cd.php

Sponsored by the UTC Center for Reflective Citizenship, the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies, and Hamilton Flourishing.

Admission Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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