Michael Castle will deliver the annual James R. Soles Lecture on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

Sept. 17: Soles Lecture

Michael Castle to deliver annual lecture on Constitution, citizenship


10:22 a.m., Aug. 31, 2015--The University of Delaware will present the fifth annual James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship on Thursday, Sept. 17 — Constitution Day — with an address by former U.S. Rep. and former Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle.

The free public event will begin at 3:30 p.m., in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University’s Newark campus. A reception in the lobby will follow the lecture.

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Castle, a Republican, was a two-term governor (1985-92) and nine-term U.S. congressman (1993-2011) from Delaware, who also served as lieutenant governor, a deputy state attorney general and a state senator. He began his career in private law practice.

He currently is a partner in the government affairs practice at DLA Piper, a global business law firm. Castle has offices in Wilmington, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and New York.

The Soles Lecture honors the late James R. Soles, who was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations for more than 34 years. The annual lecture also commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, and is generally held on that anniversary date. 

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, a UD alumnus, delivered the inaugural Soles Lecture in 2011. Other speakers have been U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

About the James R. Soles Citizenship Endowment

Dr. Soles, who died Oct. 29, 2010, received the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award twice and its Excellence in Advising Award, as well as the University’s Medal of Distinction. He received many honors and recognitions in his distinguished career, but he is still best remembered for his personal dedication to teaching and to his students. 

The Soles endowment was established 15 years ago and supports a named professorship, undergraduate citizenship stipends and graduate fellowships.

The first stipends were awarded more than 10 years ago, and recipients have used that support in a wide range of accomplishments. To see more about recent recipients and the work they have done, visit this site.

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