Fabre Line Club Book Series: Constitution Day Lecture

Friday, September 16, 2011

6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free

Fabre Line Club
200 Allens Avenue, 4th Floor
Providence, RI

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Fri, 2011-09-16 18:30 - 20:00

The Rhode Island Publications Society (Fabre Line Club) announces its second annual fall book series featuring four presentations by noted scholars. Two of the talks will analyze Rhode Island themes--The Dorr Rebellion (Fri., Oct. 14) and the recent Separation of Powers Amendments to the state constitution--the other two lectures--by nationally renowned scholars Jack Greene (Weds., Oct. 26) of the Johns Hopkins University and Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood (Thurs., Nov. 10) of Brown--University will discuss broader themes in American history.

The four presentations are free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase as will the books that accompany the talks. For further information call, 401-272-1776.

FIrst in the series,  will be the Fabre Line Club's 11th Annual Constitution Day Lecture. This year’s topic to be discussed by Dr. Pat Conley is "How Did Rhode Island’s Separation of Powers Amendments of 2004 Diminish the Power of the General Assembly?" Conley will discuss such examples as the case for the merger of Central Falls, the Coastal Resources Management Council, and the Lottery Commission.

Commentary will be provided by former Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Flanders, currently the receiver for the City of Central Falls and co-author (with Conley) of The Rhode Island Constitution: A Reference Guide (2007), the first book (of 34) presented at the Fabre Line Club since its opening in March 2007.

Copies of Conley’s book from the great separation of powers debate--Neither Separate Nor Equal: Legislature and Executive in Rhode Island Constitutional History--will be available for purchase and signing.