Constitution Day talk slated for Sept. 17 at WCSU

image of Dr. John E. FinnDANBURY, CONN. Wesleyan University Professor of Government Dr. John E. Finn will discuss “Constituting ‘We the People’” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Room 215 of the Higgins Annex on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will take place on Constitution Day, an American federal observance that commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and recognizes all who have become citizens either by being born in the U.S. or by naturalization.

A professor at Wesleyan since 1986, Finn’s research focuses on constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, the First Amendment, and the legal regulation of terrorism and political violence. He has received several “Excellence in Teaching” awards while at Wesleyan.

Well-versed in constitutional theory and interpretation, Finn has written several books, including “The Civic Constitution: Constituting, Maintaining, and Failing,” scheduled for release in spring 2014. Finn also co-wrote “American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases and Comparative Notes" (2009). His “Constitutions in Crisis: Political Violence and the Rule of Law” was published in 1991.

A sought-after speaker on constitutional law and political violence, Finn has lectured in France, Spain, Chile, Bolivia, England and Italy. In the U.S., he has spoken at Princeton University, the University of Texas and the University of Connecticut Law School and has provided testimony to the House Judiciary Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nasson College, law degree from Georgetown University, a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University and a degree in culinary arts from the French Culinary Institute.

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