Thursday, February 21, 2019
In "The Oath and the Office," professor of political science at Brown University Corey Brettschneider offers a new, yet historically grounded, ideal of a limited presidency. He argues that the oath of office creates an independent moral and legal obligation for the president to promote the Constitution’s values—and only exercise power within the Constitution’s limits. Using history and case law, Brettschneider applies a “value-based” lens to understand the core powers and limits of the office, as well as how the ideals of Bill of Rights bind the president and posits that citizens are the ultimate limit on presidential power, offering a number of ways the people can stop a rogue president.
Corey Brettschneider is professor of political science at Brown University, where he teaches constitutional law and politics. He has also been a visiting professor at Fordham Law School, University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School.
Brettschneider will draw from his recent book, “The Oath and The Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents” which has garnered significant national attention and which Kirkus calls “vital reading for all Americans,” as a jumping off point to reflect on the presidency in an age of deep controversy. While President Trump generates plenty of controversies worthy of study, this lecture—like the book—will use these salient contemporary issues for deeper reflection about the president’s constitutional role.
His recent writing has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, and the Washington Post and he is frequently interviewed about constitutional issues on BBC, Sirius XM, and MSNBC. He is also the author of two books about constitutional law and civil liberties and numerous articles that appear in top academic journals and law reviews. His constitutional law casebook is widely used in classrooms throughout the United States.
Brettschneider holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Professor Brettshneider’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Salvatori Center at CMC.
Churchill lived in an age of rapid scientific development and advancement. With the utopian dreams afforded by new technology, however, came the great horrors of modern warfare. How would Churchill preserve the noble but realistic understanding of human nature that was being obscured by the triumphs of modern science? The answer, he thought, was to promote a wide and liberal education—an education he himself discovered and came to love as a young man. Churchill believed that the ordinary people who bear the heavy responsibilities of family, work, and citizenship ought to be possessed of high knowledge, including knowledge of the past, for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their country. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College believes that Churchill’s understanding of education can help us to live our own lives, cope with our own problems, and serve the cause of our own country as it appears today.
Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also a professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill.
From 1985 to 2000, he served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. In 1996, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting, and admissions. Arnn is on the board of directors of The Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Philadelphia Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years, for which he earned the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, he received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
Dr. Arnn is the author of three books: “Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education”; “The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It”; and “Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.”