Roanoke College

Constitution Day speaker Roger Newman will address "Original Sin and Original Intent"

SALEM, Va.— Roanoke College will observe Constitution Day with a talk by Roger Newman, entitled “Original Sin and Original Intent” on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

 The concept of original sin in many ways permeates the framing of the Constitution.  But does that mean that we should keep the concept in our minds as we interpret the Constitution for our needs today? Newman will address this and other questions during his lecture.

Newman’s biography of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black won the Scribes Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  He is the editor-in-chief of a four-volume encyclopedia, The Constitution and Its Amendments, co-author of Banned Films, a history of movie censorship, and has written more than 100 articles and book reviews. He has lectured extensively across the country on the Supreme Court and various civil liberties subjects.  Over the past twenty years, Newman has made 80 media appearances, ranging from C-Span and National Public Radio to Entertainment Tonight, which used Banned Films as the basis of a week-long series.  He has taught at New York University and Hofstra Law School, and now teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  He is currently finishing editing of the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, overseeing 600 contributors of more than 700 articles. He will then write a book on President Clinton's Supreme Court appointments.

Constitution Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the United States constitution by the convention that wrote the document, which took place on September 17, 1787. The program, sponsored by the Henry H. Fowler program, is Roanoke’s second annual constitution day lecture.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.