For the perhaps the first time since 1864, all four major federal institutions of power were in play in the last election. When the two national conventions met last summer, Democrats had a real chance to win control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court. Instead, the Republicans swept the field and now control all four institutions, even though Donald Trump lost the (legally irrelevant) national popular presidential vote.
In this talk, based in part on his recently released book, The Constitution Today, Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar will discuss the constitutional significance of various modern cases and controversies — from gun control to gay rights, from the electoral college to campaign finance to filibuster reform, from impeachment to presidential succession — and will discuss the American constitutional project more generally. Come prepared to ask any question you like about America’s constitutional system — past, present, and future.