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Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, to deliver the annual James Madison Lecture: “Was James Madison Truly Father of the Constitution?”

Join us live or virtually for the annual James Madison Lecture, presented by Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. The lecture will be held July 1, 2022 at 1pm at Marymount University, Ballston Campus, Classroom Building located at 1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington VA and is open to James Madison Fellow alumni and the general public. A reception will follow.

After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. He is Yale’s only currently active professor to have won the University’s unofficial triple crown—the Sterling Chair for scholarship, the DeVane Medal for teaching, and the Lamar Award for alumni service.

Amar’s work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in some 45 cases—tops among scholars under age 65. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show and is the author of more than a hundred law review articles and several books, including America’s Constitution (2005—winner of the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award) and America’s Unwritten Constitution (2012—named one of the year’s 100 best nonfiction books by The Washington Post). His latest and most ambitious book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840, came out in May, 2021. He has recently launched a free weekly podcast, Amarica’s Constitution. A wide assortment of his articles and op-eds and video links to many of his public lectures and free online courses may be found at

Additional details on attending in person or virtually will be forthcoming.