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Debating Our Rights: The Fourth Amendment

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 07:00pm - 08:30pm

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On Wednesday, August 14th at 7PM Meg Mott, professor of politics at Marlboro College, will lead a discussion on the Fourth Amendment at Brooks Memorial Library, part of the Debating Our Rights series. The Fourth not only requires police to show a warrant before entering the home, it also requires all searches and seizures to be reasonable, a determination left to juries after the fact. Along with these protections against zealous investigators, the Fourth has come to be associated with the right to privacy, a word that never shows up in the Constitution.

Once again, the evening will begin and conclude with a rendering of the Amendment by the Constitution Chorus. Led by composer Neely Bruce, local singers will perform Bruce’s motet, composed in the style of 18th century composer William Billings.

“Working with Neely has been a dream come true,” said Mott. “What better way to focus on the text than to hear it sung. And what better way to remind us of its origins than to listen to Bruce’s 18th century overtones.”

Mott will provide a brief overview of constitutional interpretation, “a game,” she notes, “that not only Supreme Court Justices can play. By looking at the historical context as well as more recent Supreme Court decisions, the Debating Our Rights series is designed to give ordinary citizens the tools to jump into the fray.”

Thanks to the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, this event is free and open to the public.

Location  Library Main Reading Room
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