SL library to host series on ‘Constitutional Controversies’

Spring Lake District Library will host the three-part "Constitutional Controversies Series' this summer. Born in controversy, the U.S. Constitution has been debated and discussed since its inception. At the library, three experts will discuss different aspects of the Constitution, and how those principles are impacting citizens today. Events are scheduled for July 20 and 26, and Aug. 9.
Jul 7, 2011


“Is Government Mandated Health Care Constitutional?” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The speaker will be Devin Schindler, and attorney and Thomas M. Cooley Law School professor, who will share his expertise on the controversial topic of government mandated health care. Schindler teaches Constitutional law and health care regulation at Cooley. He was named a “superlawyer” by The Detroit News, and one of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of health care law and commercial litigation.

“The Untold Story of the Constitutional Convention” will be shared Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. Speaker Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, will travel back to 1787 Philadelphia to explore the clash of ideas and personalities of those responsible for structuring the framework of the Constitution. Whitney is a distinguished scholar and presidential historian who writes and lectures nationally on a variety of historical topics.

“The First Freedom: Religion and the U.S. Constitution” is the topic for Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Dr. David Ryden, professor of political science at Hope College, will explore the meaning of the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment and various church/state issues. Ryden’s research has focused on faith-based initiatives and the Supreme Court’s role in shaping our electoral processes and institutions.

For more information about any of these presentations, call the library at 846-5770, ext. 107. 

The library is located at 123 E. Exchange St. in Spring Lake.


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