The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that the Eleventh Annual David Aldrich Nelson Lecture in Constitutional Jurisprudence will take place this year at Skidmore College on September 17, Constitution Day.  AHI is co-sponsoring the event with Skidmore’s Department of Political Science.

Lisa Pace Vetter, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will speak on “The Constitutionalism of America’s Founding Feminists:  From Abigail Adams to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Beyond.”  The event will take place in the Pohndorff Room, Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College, at 5:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Dr. Vetter earned her Ph. D. in political science in 2000 from Fordham University, where her dissertation supervisor was AHI Senior Fellow Dr. Mary Nichols. Dr. Vetter is the author of Women’s Work as Political Art: Weaving and Dialectical Politics in Homer, Aristophanes, and Plato (2005) and The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists (2017).

Her most recent book analyzes the roles of “Frances Wright, Harriet Martineau, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth in shaping American political thinking. . . . Their efforts to expand the reach of America’s founding ideals,” Dr. Vetter contends, “laid the groundwork not only for women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery, but for the broader expansion of civil, political, and human rights that would characterize much of the twentieth century and continues to unfold today.”