Cornell University

April 26 2010

Konvitz Lecture

Yale professor presents "New York State and the Federal Constitution"

Constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar presents the Konvitz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in 105 Ives Hall.

The title of his talk is "New York State and the Federal Constitution."

The lecture, followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.

Amar teaches constitutional law at Yale College and Yale Law School.

Yale's Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, he is the author of several books. They include "America's Constitution: A Biography," published by Random House in 2005.

The annual Konvitz Lecture is named in honor of the late Professor Milton Konvitz, an ILR School founder.

In a popular course called "American Ideals," Konvitz taught students from across the university about the U.S. Constitution.

He was a leading authority on constitutional and labor law, and civil and human rights.

Konvitz was a professor at ILR and Cornell Law School from 1946 until retiring in 1973.

The lecture was founded in 2006 by Joan Jacobs '54 and Irwin Jacobs '56. Joan Jacobs graduated from the College of Human Ecology. Irwin Jacobs graduated from Cornell with a degree in electrical engineering.

The couple, from San Diego, Calif., continues to sponsor the event.