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Monday, September 20, 2010
BHS Well Represented At James Otis Lecture Series
Munish Gandevia (left) and Kalpita Patel (right) represented BHS at the James Otis Lecture in Boston on Friday along with Social Studies Teacher Michael Coughlin (center).
The James Otis Lecture was created by Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates to help high schools comply with the federal mandate that all publicly funded schools teach a course on the Constitution on or near Constitution Day, September 17. The students sit in chairs once occupied by John Adams, Daniel Webster, Lemuel Shaw and others and hear from, and talk to, distinguished educators, jurists, philosophers and scholars in various fields relating to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
This year’s topic was “Lincoln and the Law." The students listened to two of the leading scholars in the field. Professor Michael Burlingame is the Lynn Distinguished professor of Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield, and has published more than a dozen books on Lincoln, including his most recent award winning biography, Lincoln, A Life. Professor Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Politics at Yale Law School, and has published several books and articles on Constitutional law and development, including The Constitution, A Biography. Together, Professor Burlingame and Professor Amar gave the students a new and refreshing look at the man who was arguably the most important president in our history.