Oberlin College and Conservatory

Constitution Day Lecture - How to Read the Constitution and Why: Kimberly Wehle

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall, Science Center
119 Woodland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Join this vital discussion about why the Constitution matters so much right now—and what you can do about problems in government.

Kimberly Wehle, who teaches and writes on the separation of powers, federal jurisdiction, outsourcing government, and the federal administrative state, is a lawyer, legal analyst for CBS News, and a contributor to BBC World News. She is also an op-ed contributor for the online magazines The Hill and The Bulwark, a commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, and speaks on issues relating to constitutional and legal literacy on networks such as CNN and MSNBC and at live events.

Prior to teaching, Wehle served as an associate independent counsel in the Whitewater Investigation and as an assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University.

Her latest book, How to Read the Constitution—and Why (Harper Collins), is a citizens’ guide to constitutional basics, combining a plain-language reading of the Constitution with an introduction to policy rationales and theory.

Wehle is currently working on What You Need to Know About the Right to Vote—and Why (Harper Collins, 2020). As an attorney, she counsels clients on issues  of civil procedure, appellate practice, and administrative law. She’ll serve as a visiting professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law next spring.

Book signing and refreshments to follow the lecture in Perlik Commons. 

The libraries will be distributing pocket-sized Constitutions; stop by one to pick up yours! Also head to Terrell Main Library to participate in reading portions of the Constitution. Watch for events at the conservatory, too!

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Administrative, Office of the President, General Counsel and Secretary


Free and open to the public.

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