• "The Invisible Constitution"


Between the lines of our parchment Constitution, there is an "Invisible Constitution," according to renowned legal scholar Laurence H. Tribe.  Tribe purports that some of our most cherished and widely held beliefs about our constitutional rights are not even included in the written document.

Ford Hall Forum presents “The Invisible Constitution” with Harvard Law School's Professor Tribe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008, in the Moot Court Room, fourth floor, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Tribe joins the Ford Hall Forum to discuss how we interpret our country's most important document, discussing how this "Invisible Constitution" impacts the central constitutional debates of our time — from gun control to abortion to wire-tapping.

Suffolk Law School Professor Valerie Epps will moderate the discussion, which will look at how this framework for reading the Constitution evolved and how it works.

An open discussion and book signing will follow Tribe's remarks. Admission is free and open to all.

About Laurence Tribe

Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He has published more than 100 books and articles, including American Constitutional Law, On Reading the Constitution, and Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes. In addition, he has argued more than three dozen cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and has frequently testified before Congress on a broad range of constitutional issues.

100 years promoting free speech

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. The Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through the public presentation of lectures, debates, and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times. These speakers are presented in person, for free, and in settings, which facilitate frank and open debate.

Suffolk University partnership

The Forum began in 1908 as a series of Sunday evening public meetings held at the Ford Hall, which once stood on Beacon Hill in Boston. While the original building no longer exists, the public conversations have continued throughout the Greater Boston area with the generous support of foundations, corporations, academic institutions, and individuals. As the Forum marks its 100th anniversary, it is embarking on a new partnership with the Suffolk University College of Arts & Sciences. Suffolk is now housing the Forum’s administrative offices just a block away from where the original Ford Hall once stood.

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