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America’s Unwritten Constitution
The Carl Menges Series in American History
Akhil Reed Amar, Linda Greenhouse (moderator)
Tue, October 16th, 2012 | 7:30 pm
(Members $18)


America’s written Constitution proclaims itself “the supreme Law of the Land,” but it only begins to map out the basic ground rules governing modern America. “Bill of Rights” and the phrases “separation of powers,” “checks and balances” and “the rule of law” are absent, yet these concepts are all part of America’s working constitutional system—part of America’s unwritten Constitution.


Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of America’s Unwritten Constitution. Linda Greenhouse (moderator) is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and currently writes a biweekly column on law for The New York Times. Her latest book is The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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