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Georgian Court Discusses War Powers Act & Libya during Constitution Day

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011—Issues of war and peace are the focal point of “The United States Constitution, the War Powers Act, and the Libya War,” a Constitution Day lecture and discussion slated for Thursday, September 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University. The event, to be held in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus, is free and open to the public.

Scott H. Bennett, Ph.D., a GCU professor of history, will address a major issue in U.S. law and politics. “Who makes war—the President or Congress? And how does the War Powers Act of 1973 ‘revise’ our Constitution on this central question of war and peace?” says Dr. Bennett.

The legislation was created 38 years ago to check the power of any U.S. president with regard to declaring war without the express approval of Congress. The federal law was approved when two-thirds of Congress overrode the veto of then-President Richard Nixon, and the War Powers Act has remained controversial, most recently given the U.S. role in armed conflict with Libya, Iraq, Kosovo, and other countries.

A GCU faculty panel will offer comments.

The event—sponsored by the GCU Department of History, Geography, and Political Science—marks the university’s observance of Constitution Day, commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Nationwide, all educational institutions receiving federal funding must hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.

For information on these and other Georgian Court events, contact the GCU Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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