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Jay Wexler at the American Independence Museum
Jun 6 2012 7:00 pm
"Professor Wexler dispenses his expertise on the Constitution with a light touch, imparting many lasting insights and a few belly laughs along the way. What a delight to discover that our founding document is not only brilliant, but brilliantly weird."--Ben H. Winters, author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
If the United States Constitution were a zoo, and the First, Fourth, and
Fourteenth amendments were a lion, a giraffe, and a panda bear,
respectively, then The Odd Clauses would be a special exhibit of
shrews, wombats, and bat-eared foxes. Past the ever-popular monkey house
and lion cages, Boston University law professor Jay Wexler leads us on a
tour of the lesser-known clauses of the Constitution, the clauses that,
like the yeti crab or platypus, rarely draw the big audiences but are
worth a closer look. Just as ecologists remind us that even a weird
little creature like a shrew can make all the difference between a
healthy environment and an unhealthy one, understanding the odd clauses
offers readers a healthier appreciation for our constitutional system.
With Wexler as your expert guide through this jurisprudence jungle,
you'll see the Constitution like you've never seen it before.
Jay Wexler teaches at the Boston University School of Law. He previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and then served as a lawyer in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. Wexler's writing has appeared in Boston Magazine, Spy, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among other publications. His first book was Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church-State Wars.
This event is part of a series put on by the American Independence Museum. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students/members. Certificates of attendance are available for teachers and students.
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