Aug 19, 2013

Center for American Studies to Host Constitution Day Debate

(Newport News, Va.) - CNU’s Center for American Studies (CAS) will host its annual Constitution Day Debate titled “The Limits of Executive Power: Is the NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Constitutional?” on Thursday, September 26, at 6 the David Student Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

The debate will pit Professor Eric Posner of the University of Chicago against Professor David Cole of the Georgetown University Law Center. The two will debate the civil-rights implications of the National Security Agency’s PRISM electronic surveillance program and telecommunications data mining. They will examine the meaning of the Fourth Amendment and consider whether the NSA programs, or the Patriot Act upon which they are based, violate the Constitution’s provision that the people are to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Posner is the Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago. He has published articles on bankruptcy law, contract law, international law, cost-benefit analysis, constitutional law and administrative law. He has taught courses on international law, foreign relations law, contracts, employment law, bankruptcy law, secured transactions, and game theory and the law. His current research focuses on international law, immigration law and foreign relations law. Posner is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Cole teaches constitutional law, national security and criminal justice at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, and is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

The Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University is a nonpartisan program dedicated to teaching, programming and scholarship on America’s founding principles and history, economic foundations, and national security. CAS undertakes these tasks in order to promote sensible notions of liberty and civic responsibility. For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Busch at

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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