[Journals]: University of Chicago Press Journal Editor Serves as Advisor to Hit PBS Series about the U.S. Constitution

Contact: Adam Gannaway / 773-702-2037 / agannaway@uchicago.edu
 
The University of Chicago Press is proud to announce American Political Thought editor Dr. Michael Zuckert’s role as a series advisor for the new PBS program “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” (http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal), airing Tuesdays in May 2013.
 
“Constitution USA,” a production of the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning team of tpt (Twin Cites Public Television) National Productions and Insignia Films, is hosted by Peter Sagal of NPR and WBEZ Chicago’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Over the course of the four-part series, Sagal travels cross-country on a custom-painted Harley Davidson motorcycle to discover where the Constitution lives, how it works, and how it unites us as a nation. We learn of the dramatic historical events and crises that defined the Constitution, and why a document written more than 200 years ago still matters today. Viewers are introduced to some of today’s major constitutional debates, the history behind them, and the individuals involved, as Sagal speaks with prominent legal scholars, historians, public figures, and everyday Americans to uncover just what the Constitution says and how it applies to modern-day America.
 
Launched in 2012 to academic acclaim, American Political Thought bridges the gap between historical, empirical, and theoretical scholarship and is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of American political thought. Interdisciplinary in scope, APT features research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the foundation of the American political tradition. Research explores key political concepts such as constitutionalism, democracy, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state. Editor Dr. Zuckert—who is also the director of the University of Notre Dame’s Program in Constitutional Studies and Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor and former Department Chair of Political Science—has published extensively in the fields of Political Theory and Constitutional Studies and served as an expert advisor for the “Constitution USA” series from its inception.
 
Both American Political Thought and “Constitution USA” seek to address pressing contemporary issues by examining American history. The PBS series and the journal were independently developed in response to recent political events and a growing interest in America’s intellectual foundations. Gordon Wood, Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in History, has called APT “a splendid idea for a new journal and one that is much needed as we Americans grope our way into an uncertain future.”
 
APT publishes twice a year in print and online, and it includes peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book reviews.

Bridging the gap between historical, empirical, and theoretical, American Political Thought (www.journals.uchicago.edu/APT) is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of American political thought. Interdisciplinary in scope, APT features research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the foundation of the American political tradition. Research explores key political concepts such as democracy, constitutionalism, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state. American Political Thought is published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

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