This week many Americans will observe Three-Fifths Awareness Day. Held every year on March 5 (03/05), Three-Fifths Awareness Day shines a light on Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution, which counts enslaved persons as three-fifths of a person. Known as the Three-Fifths Clause, it was repealed by the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. Yet the Clause remains in the Constitution, a painful reminder of America's original sin. I will speak at the official ceremony for Three-Fifths Awareness Day, both to bring attention to this horrific period in American history and to help find ways for reconciliation and redemption in the United States.
Next month, we will host a major conference on “Constitutional Space of Cities” on April 6-8, 2021, at Massey College at the University of Toronto. I am pleased to partner with Nathalie Des Rosiers, Alexandra Flynn, and Alan Kasperski to host this innovative program on an understudied yet essential subject. All are welcome. Free registration here.
A reminder: ConstitutionWorld will bring together scholars around the world, of all levels of seniority, for collaborations, networking, and support in the field.
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Seminar on “Designing Amendment Rules”
An overview of the state-of-the-art in constitutional design, a critique of contemporary models, and suggestions for the next generation of constitutions.