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Lecture series returns to MU

Sep. 26, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Amicus Curiae lecture series is returning to Marshall University to discuss topics related to the Constitution of the United States.

Amicus Curiae, or Friend of the Court, is a series sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The schedule includes lectures on Wednesday, Sept. 26; Tuesday, Oct. 16; Thursday, Nov. 29; Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, April 2. All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in Marshall University Foundation Hall.

The Sept. 26 event features Thomas E. Mann from The Brookings Institution. His talk is "It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism." He has a book by the same name which is part of the recommended reading for the lecture, along with "The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."

Mann is the W. Averell Harriman chairman and senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He is the former executive director of the American Political Science Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science.

He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mann also has been a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "PBS Newshour" with Judy Woodruff.

Speakers for the remainder of the lectures include Daniel Feller of the University of Tennessee; George C. Edwards III from Texas A&M University; Cliff Sloan, a partner with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Marshall graduate Gregory B. Friel, a deputy attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

All the lectures are free and open to the public.