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Posted by Brianne Leith on August 22, 2014

FOR RELEASE:  August 18, 2014
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author to Speak at St. John’s Great Issues Forum

<p\>Jack N. Rakove, Stanford University professor, noted Constitutional historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak on “James Madison’s ‘Ticklish Experiment’” at the Great Issues Forum at St. John’s College. Sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, the Great Issues Forum, “Vices of Our Political System: In Madison’s Time—and Ours,” will be held on Saturday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Mellon Hall. 

Great Issues Forum participants attend seminars on readings from “The Federalist,” in which James Madison poses difficult questions faced by the framers of the U.S. Constitution, questions which confront Americans today. How do you create a national government that maintains an appropriate balance, both among its three branches and in its relationships with the states? Did the framers of the U.S. Constitution get it right? Or did they just cover up problems that cannot be solved? Tickets are $75. College students with valid student ID may attend the afternoon lecture free of charge, space permitting. 

Jack N. Rakove is the William R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies, and Professor of Political Science, at Stanford University. His 1996 book, “Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution,” won the Pulitzer Prize for history, and his 2010 book, “Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America,” was a finalist for the George Washington Prize. His other publications includeJames Madison and the Creation of the American Republic” (2006) and “Declaring Rights:  A Brief History with Documents” (1997), among others.

A graduate of Haverford College and Harvard University, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a past president of the Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic.