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DMC Observing Constitution Day 2022 with Lecture by University of Texas at Dallas Professor Dr. Edward Harpham on Thursday, Sept. 15

Guest speaker presenting “The Separation of Powers and the Challenge of Writing the Constitution”

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

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On Sept. 17, 1787, our country’s forefathers signed the final draft of the U.S. Constitution, ending the Constitutional Convention. In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act requiring all educational institutions receiving federal funding to observe Constitution Day on Sept. 17 each year. 

In observance of Constitution Day 2022, the Del Mar College (DMC) Social Sciences Department’s Political Science program is hosting a lecture by University of Texas at Dallas Political Science Professor Dr. Edward Harpham, who will present “The Separation of Powers and the Challenge of Writing the Constitution.” This free presentation is open to the public.

The lecture is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Room 100 of the Venters Business Building located on the College’s Heritage Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404). Get directions and campus.   

For more event information, contact Dr. Adrian Clark, Professor of Political Science, at 361-698-1639 or aclark14@delmar.edu or the DMC Social Sciences Department at 361-698-1228.

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Dr. Harpham is an award-winning educator and was the inaugural Director and Dean of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College from 1998 to 2021. He teaches courses in political theory, public policy, Texas politics and American government. His research focuses on the role that economic ideas play in modern political thought and their impact upon modern state institutions.

As an author of two texts with W.W. Norton Publishers and two edited books on Texas politics and government, Dr. Harpham’s most recent book, Governing Texas, is one of the leading textbooks on the market and has gone through six editions between 2015 and 2023. The textbook was co-authored with Anthony Champagne, Jason Casellas and Jennifer Clark. Additionally, he has published a number of articles in journals on Adam Smith and the rise of liberal political economy and is currently preparing a book manuscript investigating the link between Smith’s moral and economic writing.  

Dr. Harpham earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University followed by a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

For more information, go to https://profiles.utdallas.edu/edward.harpham.   


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