John Finn taught in the Government department at Wesleyan from 1986-2017. For much of that time he taught Constitutional Law, and tonight the Wesleyan community has the opportunity to hear from him again when he delivers the Hugo Black Lecture at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.
Having received a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton and a J.D. from Georgetown, Professor Finn became an influential scholar of constitutional interpretation. He also was a beloved teacher at Wesleyan, twice winning the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his work on the American constitution, John also has a Grande Diplôme from the French Culinary Institute. He has published widely on citizenship, political participation and the law. He is also the author of The Perfect Omlet.
A powerful advocate for an inclusive constitution, Professor Finn’s lecture tonight is titled “Gun Nuts & Speech Freaks: A Guide to the Alt-constitution.”