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The Constitution Goes to CollegeFive Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814741030

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814741030.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Influenced the Identity of American Universities

(p.1) 1 Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Influenced the Identity of American Universities

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(p.1) 1 Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Influenced the Identity of American Universities
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The Constitution Goes to College
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Rodney A. Smolla

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741030.003.0001

This book explores five constitutional ideas that have shaped the identity of American universities and thus illustrate the connection between the U.S. Constitution and the American college campus. As an introduction, this chapter considers the influence of the European university on the modern American university, with particular emphasis on the ideas of Albert Einstein. It then discusses five fundamental tensions within American constitutional law that have exerted a profound impact on the shape and definition of American universities: the debate over whether we have a “living Constitution”; the division between the public and private sphere; the distinction between “rights” and “privileges”; the notion of “ordered liberty”; and competing conceptions of equality.

Keywords:   equality, American universities, U.S. Constitution, constitutional law, living Constitution, public sphere, private sphere, American college campus, privileges, ordered liberty

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