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Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4, 2017

National Constitution Center Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Rosen, JD curates College of the Atlantic's 2017 Champlain Institute: American Democracy, July 31-August 4.National Constitution Center Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Rosen, JD curates College of the Atlantic's 2017 Champlain Institute: American Democracy, July 31-August 4.National Constitution Center President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Rosen, JD  curates a week-long forum of ideas and exchange on the state of American Democracy, the Constitution, and our collective future in these United States.

College of the Atlantic’s new Champlain Institute hosts leaders every summer from around the country and the world to share their expertise on pressing issues of our time. All events are free and open to the public.

Guests include Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker and Kenji Yoshino, JD, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. Special events feature a live broadcast of Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling and a Q&A with host Jennifer Rooks.

The National Constitution Center is the only institution in America chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis.” Rosen is also a professor at The George Washington University Law School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing editor for the Atlantic.

A graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School, Rosen is a highly regarded journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times MagazineThe Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times called him “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.” He received the 2012 Golden Pen Award from the Legal Writing Institute for his “extraordinary contribution to the cause of better legal writing.”

Schedule of Events:

Monday, July 31 at 5 pm: The Press and the Future of American Democracy
Jeffrey Rosen joins Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and an on-air contributor for CNN. Since 1998, he has covered most of the country’s major political stories, including the last four Presidential campaigns. His awards include the 2012 National Press Club’s Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence, among many others.

Tuesday, August 1 at 9 am: Anthropology and the Arts of American Democracy (no link available)
Jeffrey Rosen joins Lauren Coyle, JD, PhD, and Lawrence Rosen, JD, PhD to discuss legal anthropology and illuminations for American democracy. Lauren Coyle is an assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton University whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of legal and political anthropology. Lawrence Rosen is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School whose main interests are in the relation between cultural concepts and their implementation in social and legal relationships.

Tuesday, August 1 at 12 pm: Roundtable Lunch with Champlain Institute Speakers
Join us for an informal lunch with all of the speakers presenting at the Institute. Each speaker will host a table for informal conversation about the Constitution, journalism, democracy, and other trending topics. (R.S.V.P. to Jen Hughes, 207-801-5622.)

Tuesday, August 1 at 1 pm: Special Live Broadcast of Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling
Maine Calling takes to the road for a midsummer broadcast live from College of the Atlantic’s Champlain Institute. Join host Jennifer Rooks and noted journalist, author and scholar Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation about past and present constitutional issues making headlines. Jennifer and Jeffrey will answer questions from the audience, social media and listeners from throughout the state. The program will be followed by a Q&A with host Jennifer Rooks.

Wednesday, August 2 at 4 pm: The Constitution and the Future of American Democracy
Michael Gerhardt, JD is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC Chapel Hill. He has specialized in constitutional conflicts and been active as a special counsel, scholar, adviser, expert witness, and public commentator on all the major conflicts between presidents and Congress over the past quarter century.

Thursday, August 3 at 9 am: The Future of Equality in American Democracy
Kenji Yoshino, JD is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, where his focus is on constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, and literature. He is the author of numerous books, including what has been called the definitive book on the constitutional struggle for marriage equality, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial.

Friday, August 4 at 5 pm: What Would Madison think of American Democracy Today?
In Federalist Paper no. 51, James Madison “worries about how to create institutions which would check personal ambition and the ‘encroachment’ of one branch of government by the other.” (Liberty Project). Jeffrey Rosen, the capstone speaker of our 2017 Champlain Institute, discusses the state of those checks and balances that support our democracy.