Clements Center to host lecture series "Presidential Power, Then and Now"

Jan 14, 2015

The “Presidential Power, Then and Now” lecture series will be hosted by the Clements Center in the spring of 2015. The series will examine the origins of presidential power and how the framers conceived of the office of the presidency.

In a time when concerns about the “Imperial Presidency” have resurfaced, this series explores the founding generation’s attitudes about presidential power in order to spark a broader conversation about the domestic role of the president and the strategic significance of the office of the president in the global projection of American power.

The series consists of presentations by historians and legal academics on a wide diversity of topics including monarchical influences on the presidency, the growth of the administrative state, and the Commander-in-Chief Clause. Speakers in this series will include:

John Yoo (University of California, Berkeley)
"The History of the Executive"
March 26, 2015
Room TBC

Eric Nelson (Harvard University)
Speaking on his new book The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding (Harvard University Press, autumn 2014)
April 23, 2015
Room TBC

Jack Rakove (Stanford University)
“James Madison and the Executive Branch”
April 30, 2015
Main Building room 212