Topics and lecturers to date have been:

• 2014: The 150th anniversary of Salmon P.
Chase becoming Chief Justice of the United
States (by historian James Oakes)

• 2015: The 150th anniversary of the adoption
of the 13th Amendment (by historian Eric
Foner)

• 2016: The 225th anniversary of the adoption
of the Bill of Rights (by political scientist Colleen
Sheehan)

• 2017: The Career of Justice James Wilson (by
law professor William Ewald)

• 2018: The 150th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Cooley’s Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union (1868) (by historian Charles McCurdy)

 

Salmon Portland Chase was an antislavery lawyer, co-founder of the Liberty, Free Soil, and Republican parties, Governor of Ohio, U.S. Senator, Treasury Secretary, and Chief Justice of the United States. The 2016 Salmon P. Chase Lecture can be viewed here.