The Fiscus Lecture was inaugurated in 1991 by Skidmore's Department of Government to honor the late Ronald J. Fiscus, a Skidmore faculty member from 1980 to his death in 1990. Professor Fiscus was a constitutional law specialist and a key contributor to the development of a minor in law and society at Skidmore.
RONALD J. FISCUS, a teacher and scholar of Constitutional Law, was a member of the Skidmore Government Department from 1980 until his untimely death at age 42 in 1990. After graduating from Carleton College, Ron served in the Peace Corps in Chad before completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin. At Skidmore, Professor Fiscus was well known for the excellence of his teaching. He was one of the original faculty members involved in creating Liberal Studies I, served as its coordinator the first year it was taught, and was selected by his colleagues to give the very first lecture in the course. Ron was also instrumental in developing and establishing Skidmore's Law and Society minor, which involves students in a multi-disciplinary study of the relationship between law and other social institutions and processes. After Ron's death his colleagues and friends endowed an annual lecture in his honor, the Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture, to bring to campus distinguished individuals who would speak on issues related to law and society.
Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture, Fall 2011
October 6th, 2011, 8p.m., Gannett Auditorium
Bernadette A. Meyler
Professor of Law and English, Cornell University
"Common Law Originalism: Constructing Constitutional Meaning from Transatlantic Legal Contexts."
Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture, Fall 2009
October 29th, 2009, 8p.m., Gannett Auditorium
Joanne B. Freeman
Professor of History, Yale University
"'The Field of Blood' Congressional Violence in Antebellum America"
Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture Fall 2008
October 30th, 2008, 8 pm, Gannett Auditorium
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor and
Chair of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
"Barack Obama and the Future of American Racial Politics"
Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture Fall 2007
October 12th, 2007, 8 pm, Gannett Auditorium
Patterson-Banister Professor of Government and H. Malcolm MacDonald Professor of Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Texas at Austin
“The Disharmonic Constitution”
Ronald J. Fiscus Memorial Lecture Fall 2006
October 13th, 2006, 8 pm, Gannett Auditorium
Akhil Reed Amar
Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science
Yale College and Yale Law School
"America's Constitution Over the Centuries ~
As Seen from New York"