Seminar to examine 'Spirit of the Laws' Nov. 16-17
October 23, 2007

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     The form of government in the United States may be based on the concept of the “rule of law, not of man,” but one man laid the foundation for that idea, and his thought will be the topic of the Nov. 16-17 seminar presented by the Bryan Center for Critical Thought and Practice.Students speak with Dr. Earl Zimmerman, right center, following his presentation at the September 2007 Bryan Center seminar.
     Bryan Center Director Dr. Charles Van Eaton said, “America owes its form of government to a small group of persons who came to understand law and the structure of governance from one man, Charles de Secondat, baron of Montesquieu. This is a form of government in which it is possible to determine that all legislation is not enforceable as law. This seminar addresses his thought as expressed in his The Spirit of the Laws, and examines its implication for modern society.”
     Beginning Friday at 7 p.m., the seminar’s four speakers will introduce the topic in a panel discussion before Dr. David Carrithers speaks at 8 p.m. Dr. Carrithers, Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Government, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, will discuss “Montesquieu and the New Republicanism.”
     On Saturday at 9 a.m., Dr. Kenneth Chilton, director of the Institute for Study of Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo., will speak on “Law and Regulation of the Environment: The Contrast Between Law and Near-law.”
     Dr. Doug Bandow, vice president of policy for Citizen Outreach, Washington D.C., will discuss “Law and Liberty in Contemporary America” at 10:30 a.m.
     The final lecture of the seminar will be given by Dr. Diana Schaub, professor of political science at Loyola College – Maryland at 1 p.m. She will address the topic “Montesquieu's Legislator: Putting Order in the Law.”
     A panel discussion will conclude the program at 2:30 p.m.
     See more information about the speakers here.