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In establishing the role of chief executive, the Founding Fathers clearly wanted to avoid creating an American monarch. The president would be constrained not only by the other two branches of government, but by the constitutional design behind impeachment, which was intended to hold presidents accountable in cases of abuse of power. But when is impeachment appropriate? What sort of actions would qualify as “high crimes and misdemeanors”? Cass R. Sunstein, in his book Impeachment:  A Citizen’s Guide (Harvard, 2017), traces the language of the Constitution and the debates of the framers to give us a clear outline of the general standards to be used by the House when impeaching, and by the Senate when trying impeachments. He goes on to analyze various types of presidential wrongdoings to help us understand which would be impeachable, which would be debatable, and which would not be impeachable. It’s important to note that this book is not meant as a polemic. In the first chapter, Sunstein states, “With the goal of neutrality in mind, I am not going to speak of any current political figure. I am going to focus on the majesty, and the mystery of impeachment under the U. S. Constitution.” Join us!

210122

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 07/10/18

4 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (7/10/2018-7/31/2018)



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The cyber-attacks to influence elections in Europe and the U.S. by Vladimir Putin were intended to undermine western liberal values and institutions.  In The Road to Unfreedom (Tim Duggan Books, 2018), Timothy Snyder recounts the rise of Putin, the origins of his political philosophy, and the political and economic conditions that have rendered much of Europe and America vulnerable to a rising tide of illiberal democracy and authoritarianism. Snyder bluntly makes the case that if political reforms are not made in the U.S., we will then find ourselves on “the Road to Unfreedom.”  What do you think? Please Note: This study group will be six sessions, meeting Tuesday and Thursday for the first three weeks of the summer term. Either enroll in the AM section, or PM section, but not both.

040001

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 07/10/18

7 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue, Thu .

Weekly - Tue, Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (7/10/2018-7/31/2018)



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The cyber-attacks to influence elections in Europe and the U.S. by Vladimir Putin were intended to undermine western liberal values and institutions.  In The Road to Unfreedom (Tim Duggan Books, 2018), Timothy Snyder recounts the rise of Putin, the origins of his political philosophy, and the political and economic conditions that have rendered much of Europe and America vulnerable to a rising tide of illiberal democracy and authoritarianism. Snyder bluntly makes the case that if political reforms are not made in the U.S., we will then find ourselves on “the Road to Unfreedom.”  What do you think? Please Note: This study group will be six sessions, meeting Tuesday and Thursday for the first three weeks of the summer term. Either enroll in the AM section, or PM section, but not both.  

040002

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 07/10/18

6 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue, Thu .

Weekly - Tue, Thu 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (7/10/2018-7/26/2018)



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