Posts Tagged 'Michael Klarman'

Klarman: Early concessions on slavery meant to preserve Union

Klarman: Early concessions on slavery meant to preserve Union

To prepare the audience for this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series on the Civil War and human rights, Michael Klarman cleared some misconceptions, laid the groundwork for the week and rooted people’s minds in constitutional history.

During Monday’s lecture, the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion, introduced the multi-degree-holding Harvard law professor to an audience that had just been warned against saving seats in the packed Hall of Philosophy.

Klarman to examine civil rights and the Constitution

Klarman to examine civil rights and the Constitution

Near the beginning of the Declaration of Independence, there are seven words that all Americans probably know by heart — “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”

The theme for this week’s Interfaith Lecture Series, which takes a modern-day look at civil rights, is exactly these seven words. But the week opens with a discussion of Constitutional history and how this document, like the Declaration of Independence, provides historical context for present-day problems.