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Next Monday - "Constitution Week" Features Professor Sydnor Roy

From September 10-17, The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization at Texas Tech University is sponsoring “Constitution Week,” a weeklong lecture series featuring talks that will explore aspects of the history of constitutionalism both in America and in the Western world. 

Among these lectures will be Texas Tech's very own Professor Sydnor Roy of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Details regarding her lecture may be seen below.

Location: Mesa Room (217) of the TTU Student Union.
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m.

“Lawgivers or Tyrants: Plutarch's Lives and the contested status of the 'Founding Fathers' in Revolutionary -era America"

While the US Constitution is now enshrined in American government and law, at the time of its writing it faced strong resistance. Madison, Hamilton, and Jay strongly defended the document and the status of its writers as lawgivers; those opposed regarded the Constitution as anti-democratic, and viewed its writers as acting tyrannically. Both groups held up several individuals from ancient Greek and Roman history, such as Lycurgus, Solon, and Pericles, as models for thinking about the Constitution and its writers. Their common source was the biographer Plutarch (46-120 CE), whose accounts of these individuals offer ambivalent portraits that allow them to be understood as either noble lawgivers or tyrants.


For more information about all events in this week's "Constitution Week" lecture series, please visit 



Katie Howell


Institute for the Study of West Civ

Event Information
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Event Date: 9/17/2018

Senate Room (125), TTU Student Union Building