Upcoming Events

Information about events to be hosted or sponsored by the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies in 2022.

Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership 2005-2010” with John Lawrence
Oct 12, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. ET
McDowell Formal Lounge Room 114


The endangered state of American democracy is the dominant theme of Democracy’s Rebirth: The View From Chicago. Political scientist Dick Simpson argues the problems we face are a complex, multi-faceted, and inter-tangled web of political, social and economic challenges. Panelists will offer their perspective on specific crises and challenges including income and racial inequality, money in politics, polarization, nonparticipation, corruption, and structural problems. As well as discuss the ways to create a more participatory and deliberative democracy. Along with Dick Simpson, additional panelists include Angelique Power, President & CEO, The Skillman Foundation and Elizabeth C. Matto, Dir., Center for Youth Political Participation, the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University. This event will be moderated by Scott Simon, National Public Radio, Weekend Edition Host. This event is sponsored by University of Illinois-Chicago's Institute of Government and Public Affairs, American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University and the American Political Science Association. RSVP for the event here.

Is US Endangered book talk

"Is US Democracy Endangered? Lessons from Weimar Germany"
Oct 24, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.- 2:30p.m. ET
Kerwin Hall Room 301

Save the date for a panel discussion with Professor Chris Edelson and Professor Michael Brenner, moderated by Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss. This event is inspired by Professor Brenner's new book, In Hitler’s Munich: Jews, The Revolution and the Rise of Nazism, which we would plan to discuss in the context of the US today by considering what lessons we might draw and apply from his work. This event is sponsored by the AU History department, PERIL (Polarization & Extremism Research and Innovation Lab) and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. Registration information will be available soon.