If you’re undecided about whether to attend Pauline Maier’s lecture about the Constitution on Tuesday, one visit to a display outside the Emma Waters Summar Library may convince you the event is not to be missed.Maier, MIT professor of American history and author of the new book, “Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788,” will be the keynote speaker at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.
The lecture and its informational display are part of this year’s Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecture Series, which is in its 15th year at Union University. The topic is “Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Why Should We Care?” and the lecture is free and open to the public.
Maier also will present “Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence?” at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday in the Carl Grant Events Center, Salon 2. Her newest book, one of several award winners Maier has authored, won the 2011 George Washington Book Prize.
Another book, “American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence,” was listed among the New York Times’ Best Books of the Year for 1997.
Maier also has written chapters in other books, scholarly articles and essays on the American Revolution. Read more about Maier here.
Her work includes Inventing America: A History of the United States (co-author, second edition, 2005); The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (author of 25-page introduction, 1998); The American People: A History (1986); The Old Revolutionaries: Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams (1980); and From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain,1765-1776 (1972). She has also published scholarly articles in historical journals such as the William and Mary Quarterly and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, and written book reviews for the New York Times and Washington Post.
Maier also is president of the Society of American Historians, an affiliate of the American Historical Association.
You will find the informational display case -- which contains some of Maier's books -- outside of the library, which is located in the Penick Academic Complex on campus.
For more information about the lecture or the display, contact Stephen Carls at (731) 661-5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And to learn more about the Department of History at Union University, click here.