“The Case for New Constitutions” Event Considers Radical Constitutional Reform in the U.S. and Abroad

The public is invited to join the LSU Law Center for a film and legal discussion, The Case for New Constitutions, on Thursday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at LSU Law Center. The Law Center is located at 1 East Campus Drive on the LSU campus. The McKernan Auditorium is located at the west entrance to LSU Law Center across the street from the Parade Grounds on Highland Rd.

Following a welcome reception, the event kicks off with the screening of Blueberry Soup, a documentary by Eileen Jerrett chronicling the aftermath of Iceland’s financial collapse that led to re-writing of the nation’s constitution. The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy, using 21st century media such as Facebook and Twitter.

At 6:30 pm, guest speaker Professor Sanford Levinson of University of Texas School of Law, will present arguments for a new Constitutional Convention in the United States and challenge the idea that fundamental governmental principles should remain static over time. A leading critic of the U.S. Constitution and excessive presidential power, Professor Levinson will draw from the extensive research behind his recent book, Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It).

“The event offers an exciting opportunity to engage in discussion on the possibilities of constitutional reform with an influential scholar who has dedicated his career to the subject and a filmmaker immersed firsthand in a profound contemporary example of grassroots constitutionalism,” says LSU Law Professor Scott Sullivan, the event’s organizer.

The Case for New Constitutions: A Film Event with Guest Speaker Professor Sanford Levinson

4:30 Welcome reception with food and drink
5:00 Film screening: Blueberry Soup, directed by Eileen Jerrett (80 min)
6:30 Guest Speaker: Professor Sanford Levinson, University of Texas School of Law
Followed by Q&A with the director, Prof. Levinson and Prof. Scott Sullivan, LSU Law.

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the International Law Society, American Constitution Society, LSU Law Center, and BUREAU of CHANGE.

For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sullivan.

About the film Blueberry Soup, by Eileen Jerrett

Blueberry Soup is an extraordinary documentary by Eileen Jerrett about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008. This is a not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, which may be a lesson or an inspiration to the rest of the world, according to the film’s director.

The film is a deeply touching account of an eclectic group of individuals reinventing democracy through rewriting the nation’s constitution, proving that Iceland is not a broken country but instead an intricate web of concerns, ideas, and ultimately creative solutions.

About the director: Filmmaker Eileen Jerrett has been praised by critics for being a pioneer in a new mode of documentary filmmaking. Her feature film Blueberry Soup began its education tour at Harvard University, sponsored by the Safra Center for Ethics, and is currently touring universities across the U.S.

About Sanford Levinson

Professor Sanford Levinson is a leading critic of the United States Constitution and excessive presidential power. In his 2006 book, The Undemocratic Constitution, he writes, “We must recognize that a substantial responsibility for the defects of our polity lies in the Constitution itself.” An advocate for radical Constitutional reform, he has called for a Second Constitutional Convention of the United States.

Professor Levinson has published over 350 articles and book reviews, edited a leading Constitutional law casebook, and is a regular contributor to the popular blog Balkinization. His most recent books include Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) and Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance.

Levinson holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School and is also a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. He has been a visiting faculty member at Boston University, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University and Yale law schools. A member of the American Law Institute, Levinson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.