Immaculata University Hosts Constitution Day Presentation on September 15
Immaculata University will host "Justice Louis Brandeis: The Constitutional Challenges of Financial Collapse in 1929 and 2008," a Constitution Day presentation by Dr. Eugene Halus, Jr., associate professor of politics. The presentation will be on Thursday, September 15 at 1 p.m. in the Gabriele Library Atrium.
A federal mandate requires every school in the United States to celebrate Constitution Day in mid-September, and Halus has given presentations in previous years to observe this event at Immaculata. This year, he will explore how U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis sought to reconcile the increasing powers of modern government with the maintenance of individual liberties. As the U.S. entered the 20th century, many citizens wanted to give government more power to handle the inequities resulting from the industrial development of the 19th century. States passed laws to regulate utility rates and insurance manipulations and to establish minimum wage and maximum hour laws. Justice Brandeis was one of the most prominent Americans involved in this effort.
Halus earned his doctorate in political science from the Catholic University of America. He has worked for the U.S. government and the Republic of Ireland, and he frequently serves as a political commentator for CBS news. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on urban and ethnic politics, American Catholicism and politics, and constitutional law as it relates to zoning, property, housing, and lending laws.
Halus commented, "Justice Brandeis, even before he was a Supreme Court Justice, was very concerned with what he saw going on financially in United States. After the 1929 financial collapse, he â€¦ made a tremendous response to the 1929 financial crisis and he helped put in place laws that ensured that wouldn´t happen again. And then in the 1990s, we basically got rid of those laws â€¦ We got the 2008 collapse because we got rid of those protective laws that Brandeis helped develop after the 1929 financial collapse." Halus hopes to show the historical context of the current recession by describing the safeguards that Justice Brandeis put into place after the Great Depression.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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