Professor Alan E. Garfield, the outgoing H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Widener University School of Law, discussed "The Constitution as a symbol" when he delivered the Young Fellowship lecture on the Delaware campus Wednesday, April 25.
Garfield, who teaches and writes in areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, copyright and contracts, was named the H. Albert Young fellow in 2005. The term runs through this June.
His remarks explored how the Constitution is important not only for what it says, but also for what it symbolizes. To uncover the Constitution's symbolic meaning, Garfield examined the current culture war over the role of religion in American society. He also addressed controversial topics such as the teaching of intelligent design and the display of the Ten Commandments monuments. The constitution, he concluded, is a source of shared values for a diverse nation.
The H. Albert Young Fellowship in Constitutional Law was endowed in 1998 by the Young Foundation of Wilmington, Del. in honor of the late H. Albert Young, a highly respected attorney and former Delaware attorney general. The fellowship enables a Widener University School of Law professor to conduct and publish research in the area of Delaware or U.S. constitutional law.
Members of the Young family attended the lecture and Garfield thanked them for their philanthropy. "It has been an honor to use your father's name in my title for the past two years," he said.
Law Dean Linda L. Ammons closed the program by announcing that Harrisburg Professor Robert C. Power will become the next H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law. His term will begin in July and run through 2009.Captions:Photo 1: Professor Alan E. Garfield delivers the 2007 Young Fellowship lecture.
Photo 2: From left, Sharon Bob Young, PhD, H. Alan Young, Esq., Toni Young, Professor Alan E. Garfield, Ronell Young Douglass, Stuart B. Young, Esq. and Dr. William Douglass.
Photo 3: Professor Alan E. Garfield, the H. Albert Young Fellow in Constitutional Law through June 2007, stands at left with Professor Robert C. Power, who will hold the fellowship beginning in July.