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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 will host the James A.Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy. In these public conversations, Professor Thurber will partner with leading experts/authorities on democratic vitality to examine the grave dangers that threaten the American Experiment, and to examine the precarious-yet-possible pathways to achieving a “more perfect union.”
The first conversation on Friday, January 29 will feature 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.
The third and final conversation on Wednesday, March 24 will feature Robert Putnam (renowned political scientist, author of The Upswing and Bowling Alone)and Shaylyn Romney Garrett (co-author with Robert Putnam of The Upswing).
RSVP today for one or all of the Dialogues here.
Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.
The Future of the GOP
February 3, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. ET
The Future of the GOP
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)
YouTube 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
James Thurber Discusses State of American Democracy with Sen. Cory Booker
Read Professor John E. Owens’ newest article “Donald Trump’s Re-election Prospects” in the September 2020 issue of Political Insight where he examines polling data that shows the odds stacked against a Trump victory.