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Friday, September 21, 2012

"The Earth Belongs Always to the Living Generation": The Constitution of Virginia—Past, Present, and Future
Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

The quotation in this program's title was written by Thomas Jefferson to James Madison in 1789. It begins, “No society can make a perpetual constitution or even a perpetual law.” Jefferson staunchly believed that no government was set in stone, and the history of Virginia's constitution amply demonstrates that maxim. It was enacted in 1776 and, since then, it has been revised five times. A. E. Dick Howard, professor of law and public affairs at the University of Virginia and an internationally recognized expert on constitutional law, will lead a spirited discussion that traces the document's evolution up to the most recent revision (1971) and explores its applicability to its citizens' needs in the present day. This program complements our exhibition You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia.