The Constitution and the Presidency as an Institution

The public is invited to our annual program in honor of Constitution Day. This year we will examine the Presidency as an institution. Scholars largely agree that the Founders intended for the most significant powers of government to reside in Congress. Congress is the first branch of government discussed in the Constitution, and Article I provides a detailed outline of its structures and powers. Discussion of the Presidency does not come until Article II and contains much less detail.

Yet, the dominant view among political scientists is that America has become a Presidency-centered government over the past 100 years. What is the source of this rise in Presidential power? Does it rest upon sound Constitutional footing? What does the Constitution actually say about the Presidency as an institution?

This program is not a discussion of the Trump presidency.



Professor James Sefton, Ph.D.
Department of History, California State University, Northridge

Professor John Evans, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: Continental Breakfast 8:30 a.m. | Panel Discussion 9:00 a.m.

Location: Orange Grove Bistro, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

RSVP: RSVPs are required by Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Please email or call the Tseng College at (818) 677-7131.

Cost: This is a free event.

Parking: Free parking is available in the G1 parking lot adjacent to the Orange Grove Bistro.


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