The Constitution in Crisis:
What Would the Founders Say

November 28, 2018

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National Constitution Center

Join Jeffrey Goldberg, editor of The Atlantic, and Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and contributing editor at The Atlantic, for a national symposium with America’s thought leaders on what James Madison would make of American democracy today and how to resurrect Madison’s vision of a republic ruled by reason rather than passion. Participants include Senator Chris Coons, National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg, and legal scholars Larry Kramer, Jack Rakove, Colleen Sheehan, and Daniel Stid, among others.

This event is a follow-up to an October conversation in Washington, D.C., where The Atlantic and the National Constitution Center explored the magazine’s special issue examining the future of democracy.

National Constitution Center
Kirby Auditorium
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The symposium begins at 6 pm followed by a public reception at 8 pm.

Tickets: Free for 1787 Society Members
$20 Members, teachers & students
$30 Non-Members

Event & Parking Information

  • Registration is recommended for all programs. Call 215-409-6700 or click here to reserve your seats.
  • Seating begins one hour prior to program start time. Programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.
  • Please note programs are subject to change; check our website for updated information.
  • Parking will be available for $10 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up your discounted parking voucher at registration.

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6:00 pm Welcome
Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center

6:05 pm Panel 1: Madison, the Media, and the Mob

Jonah Goldberg, Senior Editor, The National Review
Michelle Goldberg, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
With Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

6:50 pm Polarization in Congress

Daniel Stid, Director of the Madison Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

7:00 pm Panel 2: The Senate and the Constitution

Sen. Chris Coons, (D-DE)
With Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center

7:30 pm Taking the Pulse of the Public

Sam Gill, Vice President of Learning and Impact, The Knight Foundation

7:40 pm Panel 2: What Would Madison Think of Democracy Today?

Jack Rakove, William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford University
Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School
Colleen Sheehan, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University
Greg Weiner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assumption College
With Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center

8:10 pm Public Reception begins on the Grand Hall Overlook

9:00 pm Program Concludes

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