Former congressman Bob Barr returns to Kennesaw State

Former Congressman Bob Barr

Constitutional advocate to teach course on the Constitution and public policy KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug….

Georgia (Aug 10, 2015)Constitutional advocate to teach course on the Constitution and public policy

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 10, 2015) — When fall classes begin at Kennesaw State University on Aug. 17, a select group of students will study the U.S. Constitution and its application to current public policies with one of the nation’s top constitutional advocates — veteran lawmaker Bob Barr, who served four terms in the U. S. House of Representatives.

Barr, who represented Georgia’s 7th District from 1995 to 2003, joins Kennesaw State’s faculty as a part-time assistant professor teaching an undergraduate special topics course titled “The Constitution and Public Policy.” He previously taught courses on privacy and public policy at the University in 2008, 2009 and 2013.

"I have known Bob Barr for many years, and am pleased that he is returning to teach at Kennesaw State,” said University President Daniel S. Papp.  “Our students will benefit from his expertise, his experience, and his perspectives."

According to Kerwin Swint, professor and chair of Kennesaw State’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Barr will teach an upper level political science course that will examine the Constitution from a historical standpoint, and then apply that analysis to contemporary public policies in a variety of areas, including property rights, health care, Second Amendment and national security. 

“We look forward to Congressman Barr's contribution to our students and our program," Swint said.

Barr, who now practices law in Atlanta, is chairman of Liberty Guard, Inc. a nonprofit and non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting individual liberty.He also heads Liberty Strategies, Inc., an Atlanta-based public policy consulting firm. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State, he has taught constitutional law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. He also serves on the board of advisors for law reviews at Georgetown University Law Center — his law school alma mater — and the University of Texas School of Law.

During his tenure in Congress‚ Barr was a senior member of the Judiciary Committee‚ vice-chairman of the Government Reform Committee and a member of the Committee on Financial Services.

Once referred to as “Mr. Privacy” by former New York Times columnist William Safire, Barr occupied the 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy at the American Conservative Union from 2003 to 2008, and served as a member of a project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government addressing matters of privacy and security from 2003 to 2005. He is a member of The Constitution Project’s Initiative on Liberty and Security and a board member for Privacy International, a watchdog group headquartered in London. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for president in 2008.

A frequent guest on network and cable news programs and a periodic columnist, Barr is the author of three books: “The Meaning of Is: The Squandered Impeachment and Wasted Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton,” “Patriot Nation: Bob Barr’s Laws of the Universe Volume One,” and “Bob Barr’s Lessons in Liberty.” 

"I am delighted to be returning to teach 'Constitution and Public Policy' at KSU,” Barr said. “The high caliber of students, and the energy and excitement that prevails on the campus is truly invigorating.”  

Barr, whose appointment is for the fall semester, will have an option to return for the spring semester if he desires.  He will maintain an office in the political science department, which is housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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