Jeff Broadwater will present Securing the People’s Liberties: George Mason, James Madison, and the Idea of a Bill of Rights on Wednesday, November 9, 2016,
Noon to 1 p.m., Main Reading Room, 2001 Fenwick Library.The lecture is free and open to the public.
When George Mason wrote one of the first Anti-Federalist attacks on the U.S. Constitution, he began his list of grievances with the complaint, “There is no Declaration of Rights.” As the primary author of Virginia’s landmark bill of rights, Mason commanded considerable credibility, and the Constitution’s failure to guarantee certain fundamental liberties became its most vulnerable point. The Constitution nevertheless won ratification, but opposition to the new government lingered. To reassure skeptics, James Madison introduced in the first Congress amendments that eventually became the Bill of Rights. This lecture will explore how the idea for a bill of rights evolved from a political statement of broad republican principles to a specific set of judicially enforceable personal freedoms.
Jeff Broadwater is a professor of history at Barton College. He is the author of George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006), and James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation (2012).
For more information, contact George Oberle, History Librarian, goberle @ gmu.edu
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Many library workshops are also being offered in real time via WebEx and you can participate fully in these sessions from your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and internet access. Online or in-person, library workshops are free for GW students, faculty, and staff. Below is a list of upcoming workshops set up for remote attendance:
Tuesday, November 1
Find and Use Open Access Images in Your Thesis or Dissertation
Friday, November 4
Basics of Graduate Research
Tuesday, November 8
Building a WordPress Portfolio
Thursday, November 10
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills
Citation Chasing and Cited Reference Searching
Keeping Up With New Research
Friday, November 11
Take Charge of Your Stuff: Citation Management with RefWorks, Zotero & Mendeley
Monday, November 14
Tuesday, November 15
How Do I Cite This?: Understanding MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles
Friday, December 9
Crossing the Finish Line: Uploading Your Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD)
The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC), located on Gelman's 1st floor, officially opened on October 29! This space is now open for study whenever Gelman is open.
The new space features 20+ new tables and 50+ new chairs. Most of the tables in the main room have electrical outlets built in. Restrooms are located inside the NCLC.
Stop by the NCLC anytime to view an interactive digital exhibit on Winston Churchill or to browse a selection of books by and about him.