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Institute for Constitutional History | Accepting Applicants for Fall 2023 Seminar, “The Contested Meaning of the Second Amendment”

The upcoming seminar is being offered as part of the New-York Historical Society’s Bonnie and Richard Reiss Graduate Institute for Constitutional History (ICH). This fall’s seminar will examine the deeply contested meaning of the Second Amendment and the scope of permissible gun regulation.

The ICH seminar is produced twice per year and is designed for graduate students, junior faculty, and other educators, in history, political science, law, and related disciplines. There is no tuition or other charge for this seminar. The fall seminar will take place in person in November and December:


Topic: “The Contested Meaning of the Second Amendment”

Meeting Dates & Time: Fridays, November 17, December 1, 8, and 15, 2023 | 2–5 pm ET

Meeting Location: The seminar will be presented in person at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024*

*Although students are encouraged to attend the class in person, livestream participation will be offered to admitted students who do not live in the New York Metropolitan Area or who are unable to attend a class in person.

Instructors: Saul Cornell, Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University and the author of Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America; Jennifer Tucker, professor of history at Wesleyan University, director of Wesleyan’s Center for the Study of Guns and Society, and the co-editor of A Right to Bear Arms? The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment


Application Deadline: October 11, 2023

More information about the seminar and how to apply can be found here: