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.
During the late 18th century, in a world dominated by kings, czars, sultans, and emperors, a small group of Americans embarked on a radical proposal for a land ruled by democracy, elections, and a vote. With the 2016 Presidential Elections on the horizon, two constitutional scholars discuss the history of democracy in the United States and how our election process has shaped America.
The Founders were a band of brothers. But like many brothers, they sometimes fought among themselves—for position, for ideas, for glory. Join Richard Brookhiser, celebrated historian of the Founding, and constitutional law expert Trevor W. Morrison as they discuss how Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and John Marshall struggled to define the new republic they had made.