Clyde Ray, Ph.D., will deliver a talk titled “Common Good Constitutionalism Today” on September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Auditorium at Holy Cross College in commemoration of Constitution Day. He is the Assistant Professor of Politics at the College.

“In this polarized time in American history, many of us wonder where we can discover meaning and unity across the political aisle,” notes Ray. “How can the Constitution help bridge the partisan divide separating us from our fellow citizens, helping us to articulate and work toward a common good that seems increasingly out of our reach?”

He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Western Carolina University, a Master of Arts in political science from Villanova University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of two books, “John Marshall’s Constitutionalism” (SUNY Press) and “Defining Statesmanship: A Comparative Political Theory Analysis” (Lexington Press), as well as several articles in the areas of constitutional law, American politics, and political theory.

For his teaching, he was awarded the Tanner Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award, the Future Faculty Fellowship Program Award, and the Earle Wallace Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science all at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research accolades include Humane Studies Fellowship at the Institute for Humane Studies, the Prestage-Cook Travel Award with the Southern Political Science Association, the Hayek Fund for Scholars Research Grant with the Institute for Humane Studies, the Adam Smith Fellowship from the Mercatus Center/Liberty Fund, and the Henry Salvatori Fellowship from The Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

“As an expert on John Marshall and Constitutional legitimacy, nationalism, and sovereignty, Professor Clyde Ray is just the person to deliver this year’s Constitution Day Lecture. His distinguished educational pedigree and early scholarly accomplishments promise to provide a stimulating and enriching evening,” notes Angel Cortes, Ph.D., Associate Professor History.

All are invited to attend. Please note, all visitors on campus must wear a mask.

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