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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Constitutional HistorianDavid Robertson Speaks October 14

class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Today Americans revere the Constitution and recognize James Madison as its principal architect.

class=""MsoNormal"">Speaking on “The Search for the American Constitution,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center at Salisbury University, author David Robertson revisits the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 and shows how Roger Sherman and other small state delegates frustrated and prevailed over Madison in many key battles on constitutional language.

class=""MsoNormal"">“Sherman and his allies have had a cumulative and lasting impact on the way American politics has evolved," Robertson says.

class=""MsoNormal"">A professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of the book The Constitution and America’s Destiny, Robertson is a political analyst for KSDK Television (NBC).

class=""MsoNormal"">He also is the author of Capital, Labor, and State: The Battle for American Labor Markets from the Civil War to the New Deal and The Development of American Public Policy: The Structure of Policy Restraint (with Dennis R. Judd), and the editor of Loss of Confidence: Politics and Policy in the 1970s.

class=""MsoNormal"">He has published articles on federalism and public policy, program design, lesson drawing, James Madison, Missouri politics and labor market policies in the United States and Great Britain.

class=""MsoNormal"">His articles in Policy Studies Review have won national awards. He is associate editor of the Journal of Policy History and edits CLIO, the newsletter of the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association.

class=""MsoNormal"">Robertson has earned the Governor's, Chancellor's and Emerson Electric Awards for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his television work, he has been quoted in the London Times, The Economist and The New York Times, among others.

class=""MsoNormal"">Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Office of Cultural Affairs and Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, his talk is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6271 or visit the SU Web site at "

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