University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies announces speakers for its annual Marshall Center Lecture Series. This year’s series will explore the legacies of political experts who shaped today’s standard for American democracy, including John Marshall, William Penn, and James Madison.

Series events include:

Oct. 11 - Chief Justice John Marshall and the Defense of the Rule of Law

Joel Richard Paul is the author of WITHOUT PRECEDENT: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times and a professor of law at the University of California Hastings Law School.

Nov. 9 - Finding a Solution to the Mass Incarceration Crisis

Anthony Bradley studies and writes on issues of race in America, mass incarceration and overcriminalization. He is chair of the Religious and Theological Studies Program and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College. His most recent work is Ending Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration. 

Nov. 30 - From Aspiration to Frustration: William Penn and the Vagaries of Leadership

Andrew Murphy is a political scientist and Richard L. Morrill Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Democratic Values at University of Richmond. He is the author of Liberty, Conscience, and Toleration: The Political Thought of William Penn. His biography of Penn, entitled William Penn: A Life, is slated to publish this fall.

Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. - The Re-Discovery of Cicero’s Political Philosophy

Johnathan Zarecki is an associate professor of Roman history and republican literature at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Zarecki’s primary research is on the writings of Cicero, with particular focus on the letters and philosophical works. He is the author of Cicero’s Ideal Statesman in Theory and Practice.

May 16 - James Madison as “Father of the Constitution”?

Lynn Uzzell is a lecturer at the University of Richmond and University of Virginia who researches classical political philosophy and the foundational principles of America’s constitutional republic. 

 All lectures are free and open to the public and held at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event. For location details and registration information visit

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