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Best-selling author Amity Shlaes to lecture at IIT Chicago-Kent on April 22

April 4, 2014

Best-selling author Amity Shlaes will deliver a lecture titled "The Great Chicken Flap: How the Schechter Poultry Case Changed America and Showed Its Possibilities" on April 22 at 4 p.m. in IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law's Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom, 565 West Adams Street (between Clinton and Jefferson streets) in Chicago.

Author Amity Shlaes will deliver a lecture titled "The Great Chicken Flap: How the <i>Schechter Poultry</i> Case Changed America and Showed Its Possibilities" on April 22 at IIT Chicago-Kent.The lecture, which is co-sponsored by IIT Chicago-Kent, is the first in the Liberty Lecture Series sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Shlaes' topic, A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, is a landmark 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case that declared unconstitutional a central piece of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal legislation. In reviewing the conviction of a poultry company for breaking the Live Poultry Code, the Court held that the code violated the Constitution's separation of powers because it was written by agents of the president with no genuine congressional direction.

Shlaes has been a syndicated columnist for more than a decade and is currently a columnist for Forbes magazine. She directs the Four Percent Growth Project at the George W. Bush Institute. For the past five years, Shlaes has taught economics of the 1930s in the MBA program at New York University Stern School of Business. She is author of The Forgotten Man (2007), a national bestseller that National Review called "the finest history of the Great Depression ever written," and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy and What to Do About It, also a national bestseller.

Shlaes graduated magna cum laude from Yale University. She has written for Bloomberg News, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, The American Spectator, Commentary, The Spectator (UK), Foreign Affairs, Forbes, National Review, and The New Republic. Shlaes served as a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board, specializing in economics.

About IIT Chicago-Kent

Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law.

About the Jack Miller Center

The Jack Miller Center (JMC) for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) public foundation, is committed to revitalizing education in America's founding principles and history on college campuses. The JMC partners with faculty, administrators and donors to work together to transform student access to education in American political thought and history, an education that is necessary for informed civic engagement. The JMC has a faculty community of over 700 professors on 253 campuses and is supporting academic programs on 55 campuses, including Ivy League institutions, flagship state universities, and leading liberal arts colleges. The Jack Miller Center's headquarters is located in the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, PA.

For More Information:

Gwendolyn Osborne
Director of Public Affairs
gosborne@kentlaw.iit.edu
(312) 906-5251