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Constitutional Historian Serves as Scholar-in-Residence at Cabrini

Posted on 10/6/2017 8:30:00 AM

RADNOR, Pa. (Oct. 6, 2017)On Thursday, Oct. 19, constitutional historian R.B. Bernstein, JD, will serve as the 2017-18 Jolyon Pitt Girard Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Cabrini University. 

Bernstein's 7:30pm presentation is free, and open to the community.

A specialist in constitutional history, American political thought, and the Founding Fathers, Bernstein serves as Lecturer in Law and Political Science in the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York. He has also served as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School and Research Director for the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. 

Bernstein is a member of the Board of Advisors for Documentary History of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 1787-1791, the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Editorial Board of H-Law

Bernstein is author/editor of over ten books, in addition to various book chapters and articles.  His books include The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (2009), a finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize, and Thomas Jefferson (2003), both New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent publications include An Expression of the American Mind; Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson (editor, introduction, commentary) (Folio Society, 2013), and Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson (co-editor) (NYU Press, 2013).  He is completing The Education of John Adams, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at Amherst College, a juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, and a doctorate in History at New York University. 

Founded in 2008, the Scholar-in-Residence Program at Cabrini University honors the 35-year teaching career of Jolyon Girard, PhD, in the University’s History Department. The program brings eminent historians to campus as a way to honor the creativity of teaching, something Girard personified at Cabrini. 

About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.