Campus News 2012

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2012

Constitution Day lecture on tap at Schreiner

Dr. Michael Grillo, assistant professor of political science at Schreiner, will speak on “The US Constitution and Foreign Affairs” at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center River Room on the SU campus.

Constitution Day lecture on tap at Schreiner

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will examine how the Constitution distributes foreign affairs power between the Congress and the President, and how those powers have evolved over time,” Grillo said. “In particular, it will address the question of whether the modern Presidency has overstepped its enumerated foreign affairs powers.”

According to Grillo, the lecture topic should appeal to many because three-fourths of the American population believes the Constitution is an enduring document.

“While the current political climate is highlighted by intense partisanship, public opinion polls have shown that individuals across the ideological spectrum believe that our nation’s founding principles are those upon which we should rely,” he said. “It is also important to remember that the founding fathers profoundly disagreed with one another from the outset of the Constitutional Convention, yet they were willing to compromise for the sake of the greater good … I think that all of us, especially our elected officials, can stand to learn from this.”

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