Alexander Riley, Professor of Sociology, Bucknell University, delivers the 15th Annual David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence on Constitution Day, September 17 @ 7:00 p.m. He presents “Sacredness and the Constitution: A Properly Conservative View of our Most Important National Document”

Professor Riley, an AHI senior fellow, earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, where he wrote a thesis that examined secularism and religion in the work and lives of the founders of French sociology. As a graduate student, he was the recipient of a Chateaubriand Research Fellowship in Social Sciences in 1996-97, awarded by the French Embassy to the United States, Mission Scientifique et Technologique. In 2013-14, he received a Fulbright Scholar Award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Franco-American Commission to do archival research in France related to the biographies and work of a group of 20th century French intellectuals including Michel Leiris and Roger Caillois.

The annual lecture honors David Aldrich Nelson (1932-2010), a 1954 graduate of Hamilton College, valedictorian of his class, who had a distinguished career as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He attended the Harvard Law School and read law as a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, in England. He was also a charter member of AHI’s board of directors.

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