by Nicole Flatow
In the fourth session of the American Constitution Society’s webcast series, “What the Constitution Means and How to Interpret It,” University of Texas at Austin law professor William Forbath will explore the Constitution’s expansive promise to “promote the general welfare.”
During a 30-minute live-streamed discussion, Forbath, the law school’s Lloyd M. Benson Chair in Law, will address how the general welfare clause has historically been interpreted and how social and economic rights fit into our constitutional system. Following a 15-minute presentation, Forbath will take questions for 15 minutes.
Other webcasts in the nine-part series on understanding the Constitution will focus on democracy, criminal justice and liberty. Each session, led by a preeminent scholar, mirrors a chapter in the ACS-published book, Keeping Faith with the Constitution, by Pamela Karlan, Goodwin Liu and Christopher H. Schroeder.
Lawyers, law students and non-lawyers are encouraged to participate and interact with questions, tweets andFacebook comments. If you are on Twitter, please join ACS both during and after tomorrow’s session at the hashtag #ACSclass.
The Oct. 12 webcast will occur at 3 p.m. EDT and is free and open to everyone. To see the full schedule and accompanying readings, visit the web page for “What the Constitution Means and How to Interpret It.”