After kicking off our 2017-2018 film series with a free screening of the acclaimed documentary film Tickling Giants on September 6, the Byrd Center’s fall events calendar moved into high gear last week with two timely thought-provoking events.
On Thursday, September 14, we celebrated Constitution Day with our signature annual event, the Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution. This year’s guest, Ganesh Sitaraman, a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University and former policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, discussed his new book The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic with a packed house. Sitaraman’s engaging talk highlighted how the current extreme levels of income disparity in the U.S. represent a distinct deviation from the relative economic equality that characterized the colonial and early republic eras in America. Audience members offered insightful questions in an extended Q&A session following the formal remarks and carried those conversations on through a reception and book signing that capped the evening’s events.
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