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The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction

Book by Dr. David J. Bodenhamer

On October 10, 2018 Dr. David J. Bodenhamer, Polis Center Executive Director, will read from his recently published book, The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction, from 11:30AM-1PM (EDT) at the IUPUI University Club’s annual Reading at the Table luncheon.

The Reading at the Table series provides a forum for members of the IUPUI community to celebrate published books written by IUPUI faculty or staff. During each luncheon, the featured author/editor reads from his/her work and opens the floor to discussion. Seating is limited and registration for the event is open to University Club members and nonmembers. A buffet lunch is available for $13. Drinks are available for purchase as well The IUPUI University co-sponsors this event with the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs.

The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes of American constitutional history—federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. Informed by the latest scholarship, each theme illustrates how the Constitution has served as a dynamic framework for legitimating power and advancing liberty. It is available for purchase from Oxford University Press, offers a new synthesis of the U.S. Constitution and its history, provides a thematic approach to constitutional issues, views constitutional developments within the broader context of American history, and offers an up-to-date analysis, with each theme traced to the present. It is part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series – millions of copies sold worldwide.


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