Norman J. Ornstein

Politics, Elections and Democracy in an Age of Tribalism and Pandemic

Norman Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington D.C. think tank. He will discuss the origins and implications of political divisions in the U.S., including race, education and economics, how they are connected to Trump and “Trumpism,” what challenges we face in the U.S. conducting a fair election during this stressful time, and what we can expect after the November 3 election.


Dr. Lauren McKee, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies

Prof. Shauna Shames

Changing of the Guard? Millennials and U.S. Politics

Rutgers University political science professor Shames will discuss her recent book, Out of the Running: Why Millennials Reject Political Careers and Why it Matters. She addresses the reasons young people often avoid participating in the political process and avoid running for office. She argues that the costs of running for political office appear to be high, at the same time the rewards seem low. She will explore a new trend that has emerged since the 2018 elections which could represent an influx of young people into politics and elective office.

Prof. Michael Klarman

The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the U.S. Constitution

Harvard law professor Klarman will discuss his recent book, The Framers’ Coup, the first comprehensive account of the background, drafting, and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Klarman addresses how the Framers managed to write a nationalist and democracy-constraining constitution, and how they convinced ordinary Americans to approve such a constitution.