Hamish Lutris presents: The Roots of the Constitution

Sept 2: The Roots of the Constitution

“We Hold These Truths…” The philosophy Behind the Constitution

The Constitution was not born in a vacuum. The ideas that inspired the formation of our government were echoes of what was also happening in Europe. This presentation outlines the profound thinkers and ideas that went into American constitutional government. Both the philosophies of Europe and the wonders of a new world combined to form a powerful symbol of progress and a better life for all people. Thinkers like Rousseau and Adam Smith will be examined, along with the founding fathers and their significant contributions to governmental thought and practice at this time.

Sept 14: “I Smell A Rat” The Constitutional Convention

In 1787, it was clear to many that the American government was a failure- unrest, weakness, debt, and a lack of policy combined to render the central government powerless, which was to be mended by the Constitutional Convention. Yet there were many who preferred the US government as it was. This presentation examines the Constitutional Convention, its considerable innovations in popular government, and the opposition to it, which is still surprisingly potent today..

Sept 21: The Guide Which I Shall Never Abandon: The American Presidency

The office of the presidency is one of the great innovations of the US Constitution. Presidents are the supreme authority of the government, ensuring the laws are executed, and that American interests worldwide are safeguarded. Yet this position was one born of hasty compromise and conflicting ideas as to what a national leader should be. This presentation deals with the office that has symbolized the United States for more than 200 years.

Sept 28: The Weakest Branch: The Supreme Court

One of the greatest achievements of the US governing vision was the creation of an independent judiciary. But the Supreme Court did not emerge fully-formed from the Constitution. Its powers and structure were carved out over years through the actions of the first presidents and justices, finally attaining its powerful role in the early 1800s, under the great Chief Justice, John Marshall. This presentation will examine the early history of the Supreme Court, its fight for equal power in governing the country, and some of the decisions that have proven groundbreaking in the history of the country and of jurisprudence in general.

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