The Knowlton Visiting Scholar Program brings together faculty and students from various departments to promote interdisciplinary discussion and scholarship. The marquee event is the Charles W. Knowlton Law & Liberal Arts Lecture, which is also open to the public and features internationally known scholars from a variety of disciplines.
The 2015 Charles W. Knowlton Law & Liberal Arts Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 5 p.m. at the School of Law auditorium. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. This year's lecture is titled, "Learning from The Federalist," and will be presented by Professor Sandy Levinson. The lecture examines the lessons that 21st century readers might learn from a series of what we today would define as "op-eds" (or even extended blogposts) designed to elicit support for the new U.S. Constitution. Levinson argues that there are some surprising answers, and he will focus particularly on the systematic ambivalence about the priority of fidelity to law in times of emergencies.
In 1989, professors Nathan Crystal of the Law School and the late Ferdinand Schoeman of the Philosophy Department collaborated to develop the concept of an interdisciplinary visiting scholar program. With the support of the Deans of their respective colleges, two seminars took place. In 1989 Professor Robert Post of the University of California at Berkeley led a seminar on "Community and Liberalism: Problems with Free Speech and Privacy." In 1990 Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School conducted a seminar on "The Impact of Feminist Theory on Law, the Humanities, and Social Science."
The next year family and friends of distinguished Columbia attorney Charles Wilson Knowlton began establishment of an endowment in his memory to support the program, which is now known as the Charles Knowlton Law and Liberal Arts Visiting Scholar Program.
The lecture is made possible by generous support from the Knowlton Family; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; and the many friends and associates of Charles Knowlton who admired his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.