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September 13, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

Constitutional Law Expert Sanford Levinson Invited to Bellagio, Italy Program

Photo of Professor Sanford Levinson
Professor Sanford Levinson
Photo Credit: Grant-Guerrero

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Sanford Levinson of The University of Texas School of Law has been invited to be a scholar-in-residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy this fall.

Levinson will work on a book entitled The Iron Cage of the United States Constitution. The work analyzes whether or not he, as a constitutional scholar, would sign the U.S. Constitution today.

“The opportunity to be in residence at Bellagio is a true privilege,” said Levinson. “I very much look forward to experiencing what I have been told is a unique atmosphere for writing and conversation with scholars and artists from all over the world.”

The Rockefeller Foundation invites 15 scholars at a time for month-long residencies at Bellagio. In choosing residents, the Foundation seeks applicants of achievement and promise who are addressing significant issues or tackling substantial scholarly problems.

Since the Conference Center's opening in 1959, scholars, scientists, artists, writers, policymakers and practitioners from all over the world have pursued their creative and scholarly work at the Center through individual residencies and group workshops. The Center sits on top of a hilly peninsula in the middle of Lake Como in the foothills of the Italian Alps, two hours northeast of Milan near the Swiss border.

Recent visitors from UT Law include Professors Linda Mullenix and Gerald Torres.

Sanford Levinson, who holds the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Centennial Chair in Law, joined The University of Texas School of Law in 1980. Previously a member of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, he is also a Professor in the Department of Government at The University of Texas. The author of over 200 articles in professional and more popular journals, Levinson is also book author of Constitutional Faith (1988, winner of the Scribes Award); Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies (1998); and Wrestling With Diversity (2003). Most recently, he was the editor of Torture: A Collection (Oxford University Press, 2004), which includes reflections on the morality, law, and politics of torture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

He has also edited Responding to Imperfection: The Theory and Practice of Constitutional Amendment (1995), and co-edited Reading Law and Literature: A Hermeneutic Reader (1988, with Steven Mallioux); Constitutional Stupidities, Constitutional Tragedies (with William Eskridge, 1998); Legal Canons (with Jack Balkin, 2000), and a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (4th ed. 2000, with Paul Brest, Jack Balkin, and Akhil Amar). He has visited at the Harvard, Yale, New York University, and Boston University law schools, as well as at the University of Paris II, Central European University in Budapest, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A member of the American Law Institute, Levinson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. He is married to Cynthia Y. Levinson and has two children, Meira, a writer and public school teacher, and Rachel, a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Related Links:
The Rockefeller Foundation program in Bellagio, Italy: http://www.rockfound.org/bellagio/bellagio.shtml
Professor Sanford Levinson: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/svl55/