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Clason Speaker Series to Explore Chapter of New England History

Posted Sunday, February 27, 2011

Western New England College School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will feature a talk by Professor Robert Tsai on Thursday, March 3 at noon in the Law School Commons. The talk, entitled "Lessons from the Indian Stream Republic," is free and open to the public.

clason_robert_tsaijpgDrawing on the lessons of popular sovereignty and the role of constitutions in society, Professor Tsai will explore the groundbreaking example of the Indian Stream Republic of 1832 in what is now New Hampshire. Settlers in the region at the heart of a dispute between the United States and Canada declared themselves citizens of their own republic by creating their own rule of law mechanisms. Tsai is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and is currently working on a book exploring overlooked American constitutions.

Now in its 22nd year, the Clason Speaker Series presents expert lecturers to enhance the academic environment at Western New England College School of Law. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent local attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who held the position of Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. For more information, call 413-796-2279 or email


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