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The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University

Rodney A. Smolla


American college campuses, where ideas are freely exchanged, contested, and above all uncensored, are historical hotbeds of political and social turmoil. In the past decade alone, the media has carefully tracked the controversy surrounding the speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia, the massacres at Virginia Tech, the dismissal of Harvard's President Lawrence Summers, and the lacrosse team rape case at Duke, among others. No matter what the event, the conflicts that arise on U.S. campuses can be viewed in terms of constitutional principles, which either control or influenc ... More

Keywords: college campuses, constitutional principles, American university, campus culture, American college community, constitutional values, university life, living Constitution, ordered liberty, equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814741030
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741030.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rodney A. Smolla, author