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Scholar and Former Congressman to Speak on Constitution Day
Oklahoma City University will celebrate Constitution Day with guest speaker Mickey Edwards at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium of the Meinders School of Business. The presentation is free to the public. Edwards, a graduate of OCU School of Law, served in the U.S. Congress for 16 years. During his tenure from 1977 to 1993 he was a senior member of the House Republican leadership, serving as the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, a member of the House Appropriations and Budget committees, and as a ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. As part of Constitution Day, Edwards will discuss recent shifts in the balance of power at the federal level and how the Constitutional system established by the country’s founders is increasingly misunderstood, ignored or challenged. He believes that the U.S. is at a critical point in its history and must decide if it will continue to be “exceptional” in the preservation of a system that divides and limits power. “Mickey has made it his life’s passion to study one of the most important documents in our nation’s history,” said Mary Benner, director of Academic Services at OCU. “We’re proud to have an esteemed alumnus return to share his knowledge about the Constitution.” After his congressional career, Edwards spent 11 years teaching government and public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2004, he moved to Princeton where he teaches at the university’s Woodrow Wilson School. Edwards is primarily interested in the field of Constitutional studies. He is the director of the Constitution Project and has co-chaired task forces on the war power, judicial independence and the Constitutional amendment process. He has had columns in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe, and has been on NPR’s broadcast show “All Things Considered.” He is the author of two books, including “Reclaiming Conservatism” released in 2008. A book signing will follow his speech at OCU. For more information call Diana Silver at (405) 208-5287.