Constitutional scholar and author Dr. David Adler will discuss the Constitution and its relationship with religion in the U.S. during a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.
The free program “The Constitution and Religion: Origins, Challenges and Accommodations.,” co-sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Press with additional support from the Friends of the Library , will be presented in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Adler, who has spoken on constitutional issues at the library previouosly, is the Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, where he holds an appointment as the Cecil Andrus Professor of Public Affairs. He formerly served as James A. McClure Professor and Director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho, where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the College of Law, in which he taught courses on the Constitution and the Supreme Court.
Before that, Adler was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Idaho State University. A recipient of teaching, civic and writing awards, Adler has published in the leading journals of his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the Constitution and presidential power, including talks at more than 35 colleges and universities.
The author of more than 100 scholarly articles, essays and book chapters, Adler’s books include: the two-volume work, “American Constitutional Law;” “The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy;” “The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy;” and “The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties,” as well as the forthcoming books, “Presidential Power and the Constitution” and “The Steel Seizure Case.”
Known for their non-partisan nature, his scholarly writings have been reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, widely cited by political scientists, historians and law professors, and invoked by both Republicans and Democrats serving in all three branches of government. He has consulted with members of Congress from both parties on a variety of constitutional issues, including impeachment, the war power and treaty termination. He is completing a book on holding government accountable.
A frequent commentator on state and national events, Adler’s lectures have aired on C-Span, and he has done scores of interviews with, among others, reporters from the New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, National Review, Fox News, NPR, NBC, CNN and the BBC.
The recipient of the 2010 Idaho Humanities Council’s, “Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award,” Adler has served as a member of the Board of Directors of various academic, corporate and civic organizations. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
This program is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A reading and discussion series marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act will be hosted by the library in May and June in a five-part program sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.
Up to 25 participants in the series – “Wilderness Considered” – will be able to borrow copies of two books and a binder of other readings prior to the start of the scholar-led discussions scheduled for Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Community Room on May 14 and 21, and June 4, 11, and 18.
There is no charge to participate and discussions will be open to the public whether or not attendees have read the books and essays. The books for the series include: “American Wilderness: A New History,” edited by Michael Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2007, and “Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness, by Pete Fromm, Picador Press, 2003.
The books and binders will be available at the library on May 1. The deadline to register as an active participant – those committed to attending all five discussions – is May 9.
This program is made possible in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.
The next “Novel Destinations” program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., will take its audience to China where a local man’s foundation is helping young students to get an education and create a library.
“The Chinese Kids Project,” a slideshow by Ron Deady, will be presented on the big screen in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Deady is a retired military and commercial pilot. He started a Foundation in China in 2006 called The Chinese Kids Project in Yunnan Province, in the town of Xundian.
He travels to China each year, selects recipients for a “scholarship,” and awards 20 children with a red envelope to assist them financially. Another effort buys books to build a library for grade-schoolers. The story and photos relate how the projects started and progress is an interesting one, full of Chinese intrigue, humor, and hope for better detente.
Sponsored by the Affinity Living Community in Coeur d’Alene, this will be an after-hours library program with refreshments.