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James Clyburn, U.S. House Majority Whip (D-SC), reflects on his experience and offers his perspective on the Biden administration, the prospects for racial progress, and the state of U.S. democracy
James A. Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy
January 29, February 24 and March 24, 2021 | 6 p.m. ET
To celebrate the illustrious career of Distinguished University Professor James A. Thurber, American University hosted the James A.Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy. In these public conversations, Professor Thurber partnered with leading experts/authorities on democratic vitality to examine the grave dangers that threaten the American Experiment, and examined the precarious-yet-possible pathways to achieving a “more perfect union.”
The first conversation on Friday, January 29 featured U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is also the author of United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good. Watch the recording here.
Where does the Republican Party go now that Trump has lost? Does it reclaim the mantle of conservatism? Does it continue its populist march? Does it remain in Trump’s grip? CCPS Director David Barker explored these questions with three prominent thought leaders within the GOP:
Sara Fagen (CEO of Deep Root Analytics, contributor to ABC News and former White House Political Director)
Henry Olsen (Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and columnist for the Washington Post)
Tevi Troy (Presidential historian, former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Senior White House aide)
Recording of the event is available here or above.
Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore Project
This project will locate and publish letters, from 1844–53, of the twelfth and thirteenth U.S. presidents. Learn More
2019-2020 Understanding Legislative Negotiation Grant Recipients
CCPS Director David Barker talked about his book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy, and the current political stalemate between Congress and the White House.
Madison Prize Honors Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) have been named as the inaugural recipients of the Madison Prize for Constitutional Excellence by American University School of Public Affairs. The new award recognizes lawmakers who strive for legislative compromise in the same spirit outlined by James Madison in Federalist 10. In an era of extreme polarization in American politics, the Madison Prize is an effort to draw attention to legislators who work across the aisle to resolve difficult issues. Learn More
Congress & the Presidency Journal
This publication is an interdisciplinary journal of political science and history, published by American University, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies since 1984. The journal is now being published three times a year. Congress & the Presidency features articles on Congress, the President, the interaction between the two institutions, and national policy-making. View latest articles
Can Today’s Polarized America Come Together Again?