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Radcliffe Institute Inaugural Lecture Series Begins

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Nationally eminent constitutional scholar and Dean of the Stanford Law School Kathleen Sullivan will deliver an address on “The Constitution in the Twenty-first Century” in Longfellow Hall on Appian Way on April 28 at 4 p.m.

Sullivan’s is the premiere lecture of the new Radcliffe Institute Inaugural Lecture Series, which will continue throughout the next year in celebration of Radcliffe’s new mission as an institute for advanced study. The series will feature scholars, writers, and professionals who are leaders in a wide range of fields. It is free and open to the public.

Sullivan will be introduced by University President Neil L. Rudenstine. Professor Drew Gilpin Faust, whose appointment as new dean of the Radcliffe Institute was announced earlier this month, also will be present.

“This lecture series will represent the breadth, excitement, and sense of aspiration that the new Institute will maintain,” said Acting Dean Mary Maples Dunn. “We are thrilled that Dean Sullivan could be its first speaker, and that Dean-designate Drew Faust will be here to help us salute Radcliffe’s bright future.”

Sullivan, who taught at Harvard Law School from 1984 until 1993, is the first female academic dean in Stanford’s history. Widely considered one of the country’s most influential analysts of constitutional law, she has written prolifically on First Amendment issues, testified frequently in Congress, and argued cases before the Supreme Court.

A Popular Teacher

“Kathleen Sullivan’s lectures and writings are marvels of lucidity and insight,” said Lawrence H. Tribe, Ralph S. Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard. “No constitutional scholar presents a more penetrating or clear-eyed vision of how our legal system and its principles are structured. Listening to her speak is a feast for the mind.”

In 1992, Sullivan won Harvard Law School’s Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence, and she is a recipient of the Radcliffe College Alumnae Association’s Graduate Society Medal.