How have Presidential powers helped or harmed the balance of power in our country, and what has been their effect on our democracy? Are there certain presidents who have abused their presidential powers or used them more effectively? Join leading experts as they discuss the controversies surrounding this issue both historically and today.
In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, Americans are increasingly aware of issues of voter suppression, corruption, gerrymandering, and a partisan imbalance of power in our government. What are the biggest threats to democracy today, and how will it survive? Constitutional law experts will discuss the future of the democratic system of government in America.
James Madison indelibly changed the United States by designing the Constitution, leading the struggle for its ratification, and drafting the Bill of Rights. Discover how Madison, the first Founding Father to recognize the importance of public opinion, gave the United States its distinctive form of government and how Madison's legacy continues to resonate with contemporary American leaders.
How will the current age shape the history of equal rights in America? With the Women’s Marches of January 2017 and 2018, widespread and ongoing harassment allegations in Hollywood and Washington D.C., and access to contraception and abortion dominating headlines and shaping national conversations, legal experts discuss gender discrimination, sexual harassment, abortion law, and women’s rights in American law and society.
The scope of Presidential powers has been vehemently contested in recent years, but what are the historical and constitutional origins of executive power? Join leading legal experts as they uncover how the role of the U.S. president has been both expanded and constrained throughout American history.
The founding generation of political leaders established the United States Constitution and solidified American law, but how have leaders from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama used their power to shape and influence our democratic institutions? Experts discuss the history of America’s fragile democracy.
With a new administration settling into the White House, constitutional experts uncover one of the most transformative and enduring legacies presidents have on the future of American history and law—appointing justices to the Nation’s highest court. Join us for an engrossing talk on the future of the Supreme Court and learn how a new configuration of the judicial power will shape the country for years to come.
With U.S. intelligence agencies making daily headlines, experts make sense of the dizzying influx of speculation and allegations surrounding intelligence leaks, cyber hacks, foreign collusion, and public disclosures by top U.S. officials. Join us for a talk that explores America’s policies on national security, foreign relations, and intelligence.
During the Revolutionary War, the debate between individual freedom and national security became a major concern of the Founding Fathers. Today, questions of freedom and security remain at the forefront of American discourse. In conjunction with the exhibition The Battle of Brooklyn, experts analyze the contention between these two Revolutionary ideals and discuss their implications for present-day America.