RELEASE: Capitol to host March 31 public program on Magna Carta


For Immediate Release

Finance, Administration
and Information Technology


March 20, 2015

Capitol to host March 31 public program on Magna Carta

Event accompanies Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 exhibit

OKLAHOMA CITY — A special public program about the Magna Carta will be held March 31 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Chambers to accompany the Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 exhibit the Oklahoma Capitol is hosting from March 23 to April 5.

The free March 31 public program will feature Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, a former judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, member of the Oklahoma Legislature from 1976 to 1986 and twice elected as Oklahoma’s attorney general; and Robert S. Kerr Senior Professor of Constitutional Law Andrew Spiropoulos, director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government at OCU and a former senior counselor to the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

After opening remarks by Secretary of State Chris Benge, Henry and Spiropoulos will discuss the Magna Carta’s influence on American government.

“We are very privileged to have some of the brightest local legal minds in Robert Henry and Andrew Spiropoulos coming to speak about the Magna Carta’s legacy,” Benge said. “There are few as qualified as Robert and Andy to deliver this unique presentation to accompany the exciting Magna Carta exhibit Oklahoma is so pleased to be hosting.”

The exhibit, which is also free and open to the public, will run from March 23 to April 5. It tells the story of and commemorates the 800th anniversary the Magna Carta, widely regarded as one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy.

The Library of Congress and the American Bar Association developed the traveling educational exhibit to raise awareness about the Magna Carta’s enduring legacy. The traveling exhibit, displayed on freestanding banners with beautiful images of priceless Magna Carta related items, complements the Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor exhibition previously on display at the Library of Congress.

The traveling exhibit is brought at no cost to the state through partnerships with the Library of Congress, American Bar Association and Federalist Society. The state’s hosts are the Oklahoma Legislature, Secretary of State Chris Benge, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

At a glance: Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015

Public Program: 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, House of Representative Chambers (public gallery entrances on fifth floor)

Exhibit: Monday, March 23, to Sunday, April 5, Supreme Court Hallway (second floor)

Location: Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City

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