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Malcolm Speaks on Self-Defense

Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, renowned historian and constitutional scholar, presented a lecture entitled, "To Heller and Back: Is There a Right to Self-Defense?" on October 7 at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

Malcolm delivered her talk as part of the university's Civil Liberties in the 21st Century Community Conversations Colloquium, which encompasses a series of lectures in the fall and spring semesters of the academic year.

Malcolm addressed the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller in which the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects a citizen's right to own firearms for legal purposes such as self-defense.

A recognized authority on constitutional and legal history, Malcolm's scholarship is focused on the development of individual rights in Great Britain and America. She has written many books and articles on gun control, the Second Amendment, and individual rights. Her work was cited several times in the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.