Annual Salmon P. Chase Lecture and Colloquium on the Constitution
Each year, the Georgetown Center for the Constitution sponsors The Salmon P. Chase Lecture and Colloquium on the Constitution to bring scholars together to discuss some aspect of our constitutional history. In 2014, the inaugural Chase Lecture and Colloquium celebrated the 150th anniversary of the appointment of Salmon P. Chase as Chief Justice of the United States. Co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society and hosted by Chief Justice Roberts in the courtroom of the Supreme Court, the inaugural lecture by historian James Oakes focused on Chase's development of antislavery constitutionalism. The following day, twenty-six scholars gathered at Georgetown Law for a day-long colloquium discussing Chase's antislavery activities as a lawyer, political organizer, public official, and finally, as Chief Justice.
The 2015 Salmon P. Chase Lecture was delivered by Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University. The lecture and following colloquium focused on the anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment.
The 2016 Salmon P. Chase Lecture was delivered by Professor Colleen Sheehan of Villanova University. The lecture and following colloquium focused on the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. For her lecture, click here.