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Civitas Forum Oct. 10

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Posted: Thursday Sep 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

“Presidential Politics: The 2012 Election and the Constitution” is the topic of the Wednesday, October 10 Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life at Saint Vincent College at the Fred M. Rogers Center.

Hosted by the Saint Vincent College Center for Political and Economic Thought in cooperation with Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government, the forum will feature four distinguished speakers: Thomas Karako of Kenyon College, “The Obama Administration and National Security,” at 8:30 a.m.; Henry Olsen of The American Enterprise Institute, “If You Can Keep It: Reflections on the Revolution in America,” 9:30 a.m.; J. David Alvis of Wofford College, “Obama and the Progressive Presidency,” 10:30 a.m.; and John Yoo of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, “Obama and the Upside-Down Presidency,” 11:30 a.m.

Admission is free to any or all of the presentations. Reservations are not required.
Thomas Karako is an assistant professor of political science at Kenyon College and director of Kenyon’s Center for the Study of American Democracy. Arriving at Kenyon in 2009, Dr. Karako began as the Center’s director in fall 2011. He received his Ph.D. in politics and policy from Claremont Graduate University. He previously taught national security policy, American government, and constitutional law at Claremont McKenna College and California State University, San Bernardino. For the 2010-11 academic year, he was selected to be an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which time he worked with the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee on U.S. strategic forces policy, nonproliferation and NATO. Dr. Karako has published on U.S. defense policy, state politics and executive-congressional relations. He is currently writing on ballistic missile proliferation and on the independent constitutional authority of the president to enter into international agreements.

Henry Olsen, a lawyer by training, is a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of AEI’s National Research Initiative. In his capacity as a vice president, Mr. Olsen oversees the majority of AEI’s domestic policy research, including financial, education, legal, energy and health policy. As the director of the National Research Initiative, Mr. Olsen identifies leading academics and public intellectuals who work in an aspect of domestic public policy and recruits them to visit or write for AEI. Mr. Olsen’s personal research focuses on the policy and political implications of long-term trends in social, economic and political thought. He is a regular participant in AEI’s Election Watch series, Washington’s longest running election commentary program, and his written work has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, and National Review.

J. David Alvis is a professor of political science at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His areas of expertise include the American presidency, constitutional law and American political thought. He has published articles on Progressivism, the Electoral College, and the Obama Presidency. His book on the history of the executive removal power is forthcoming with University of Kansas Press. Currently, he is completing a book on the election of 1912.

John Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. He has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and has served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. Dr. Yoo has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the Free University of Amsterdam and he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy in 2006. The winner of numerous legal scholarship and teaching awards, Dr. Yoo is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Grove/Atlantic 2006) and Crisis and Command: The History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush (Kaplan 2010). Dr. Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

The Civitas Forum is made possible by a generous grant from the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

For more information about this and other lectures in the series, contact Mary Beth McConahey, program manager of the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College at marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu.

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