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Dr. Jane Scarborough on the concept of "WE THE PEOPLE"

On Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m., in the Hermann Room of the Falmouth Public Library, Dr. Jane Scarborough, retired law professor from Northeastern University School of Law, will discuss the concept of "We The People" as it appears in the Constitution of the United States and as it is used today in our national discourse. Dr. Scarborough describes the substance of her talk as follows: Who are "We the People"?
These three words in the opening sentence of the Constitution are recognized around the world, even by those who have never read the Constitution. "Government of the people, for the people, and by the people" from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was a call to return to those first principles as the Country faced the difficult task of reunion.

But from the beginning, "We the People" was not an inclusive concept. And ironically, with our population now more diverse than ever in its history, there are calls to limit who can claim membership in this "privileged" group. What lessons can we learn from the wise men who so long ago in Philadelphia understood that the starting point and foundation for our democracy was "We the People"?

The talk is open to the public and admission is free. Dr. Scarborough holds a Ph.D in Constitutional History from Rice University. Her continuing education courses at on and off-Cape have won her a devoted following and capacity classes. You are urged to arrive early for this lecture.