The 2007 H. Albert Young Lecture in Constitutional Law "THE CONSTITUTION AS A SYMBOL"
Published: April 3, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Followed by reception

Americans could sorely use an opportunity to celebrate the ties that bind them together, and the recently created national "Constitution Day" could be just such an occasion. But what, exactly, should Americans celebrate about the Constitution? After all, the Constitution's text is hardly perfect, and the jurisprudence interpreting the Constitution is equally problematic.

In the 2007 H. Albert Young Lecture, Professor Alan E. Garfield explores how the Constitution is important not only for what it says but also for what it symbolizes. To uncover the Constitution's symbolic meaning, Professor Garfield dives into the current culture war over the role of religion in American society. Along the way, he addresses controversial topics such as the teaching of intelligent design and the display of Ten Commandments monuments, and refers to commentators from Ann Coulter to Al Franken. What he discovers is how our secular society honors the sanctity of human dignity.

Professor Alan E. Garfield H. Albert Young Fellow 2005-2007
Alan E. Garfield received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and the Order of the Coif (top 10% of class). Prior to joining the Widener faculty in 1986, he was an associate at the New York City law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges. He is the author of numerous law review articles as well as Op-Eds in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wilmington News Journal. He was the recipient of the 2006 Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award and the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award, and recently served as the chair of the Association of American Law School Section on Mass Communication Law.

The H. Albert Young Fellowship
The H. Albert Young Fellowship in Constitutional Law was endowed in 1998 by the Young Foundation of Wilmington, Delaware, to honor the memory of the late H. Albert Young. Mr. Young was a highly respected lawyer and former Delaware attorney general known for his unwavering dedication to upholding justice even in unpopular causes. His most famous role came in the aftermath of the Brown v. Board of Education decision when, in opposition to many of his colleagues and in the face of militant segregationists, he insisted that the Brown ruling be immediately enforced in Delaware.


LOCATION: Widener University School of Law
Ruby R. Vale Courtroom
4601 Concord Pike (1/4 mile south of Concord Mall)
Wilmington, Delaware 19803

Wednesday, April 25th
Program runs from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Reception following program

QUESTIONS: For more information or questions, please contact Constance Sweeney at Widener University School of Law (302-477-2177)

This is event is open to the public at no charge. For planning purposes, reservations are encouraged, but they are not required.

To make a reservation, contact Constance Sweeney at (302) 477-2177 or