Benedict to speak on constitutional responsibility

Michael Les Benedict will present “The People Themselves: The Constitutional Responsibility of the American People” for the Assembly Series at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 in Graham Chapel.

Benedict, a professor of history at the Moritz School of Law at Ohio State University, is an authority on Anglo-American constitutional and legal history, the history of civil rights and liberties, and the federal system.

In addition to more than 40 published essays in American history and law journals, he has written several books. Two of his monographs — Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson and A Compromise of Principle: Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction — are often required reading for history students.

He also wrote the widely used text The Blessings of Liberty and a companion book, Sources in American Constitutional History.

In collaboration with Vivien M. Hart of the University of Sussex, England, Benedict is developing a conference and a reader on comparative constitutionalism. He is also working on a series of essays on the great Civil War era politicians and Supreme Court Justice Salmon P. Chase.

Additionally, he is completing a study of the politics and law of the Reconstruction. Benedict has received a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation to prepare a two-volume work on the history of Ohio law.

Assembly Series talks are free and open to the public. For more information, call 935-4620 or go online to

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