John Jay Homestead Lecture Series: The Gun, The Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World

John Jay Homestead Lecture Series: The Gun, The Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World


April 27, 2023
Reception at 6:30pm (30 min.), Lecture at 7pm (90 min.)
Tickets: $25, All Seats General Admission
Main Theater

Friends of John Jay Homestead presents Linda Colley in conversation on her latest book. Are Constitutions the safeguards of freedom? Tracing the global history of written Constitutions from the 1750s to now, Colley weaves in changes in warfare, communications and global expansion, and describes how governments – including ours – also use their Constitutions to signal their legitimacy and modern-ness to the world. Colley received the Order of the British Empire: DBE (Dame of the Order of the British Empire) in 2022; she is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton.

Reception and check in begin at 6:30pm, lecture at 7:00pm, and book signing to follow.