Surrounded by books and listeners, MTSU experts discuss “The Legacy of John Adams,” America’s second president and framer of the U.S. Constitution, at a Sept. 13 panel event in the James E. Walker Library. Panelists in the photo at left are Dr. Jim Williams, history professor and director of the Albert Gore Research Center; Dr. Robb McDaniel, associate professor of political science; history professor Dr. Lynn Williams; and Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a constitutional law expert. The panel discussion complemented the library’s current “John Adams: Unbound” exhibit, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was part of MTSU’s Centennial Constitution Week celebration.
James “Jim” Leach, former 15-term congressman from Iowa and current chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, makes a point from the audience during a Sept. 13 panel discussion, “The Legacy of John Adams,” in the James E. Walker Library. The panel discussion complemented the library’s current “John Adams: Unbound” exhibit, funded by an NEH grant, and preceded Leach’s address on “Civility, the Constitution and the Courts” later that afternoon in MTSU’s Wright Music Building. Leach’s Centennial Constitution Day Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by MTSU’s American Democracy Project and the Distinguished Lecture Committee, was the keynote of MTSU’s Centennial Constitution Week, “Constitutional Responsibility and Civil Society,” Sept. 11-20.
— MTSU photos by J. Intintoli