Distinguished Speaker At The JES Next Week

- Thomas Jefferson and the Ambivalence of Executive Power
Wednesday, April 16
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$15 per person; $25 with a guest

Was Thomas Jefferson truly a great president?

Why was he so reluctant to claim credit for his eight momentous years as chief executive, which included, among other important accomplishments, the purchase of the Louisiana Territory that doubled the size of the country?

These questions will fuel a lecture on Jefferson's presidency that explores how his very ambivalence about the executive office might have contributed to his far-reaching legacy: he made the executive office safe for democracy, amid popular fears that his political opponents - the Federalists, led by Alexander Hamilton and John Adams - were transforming the presidency into a British-style monarchy that would deprive Americans of their political birth right.
About the speaker:

Sidney M. Milkis is the White Burkett Miller Professor of the Department of Politics and Faculty Associate for Democracy and Governance Studies at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. He has a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His books include: The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System Since the New Deal (1993); Political Parties and Constitutional Government: Remaking American Democracy (1999); Presidential Greatness (2000), coauthored with Marc Landy; The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2011 (2011), 6th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson; and Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy (2009). He is the co-editor, with Jerome Mileur, of three volumes on twentieth century political reform: Progressivism and the New Democracy (1999); The New Deal and the Triumph of Liberalism (2002); and The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism (2005). His articles on American government and political history have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in American Political Development, PS: Political Science and Politics, the Journal of Policy History, Antitrust Law Journal, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and participates in programs that teach the political history of the United States to international scholars and high school teachers.

To register for this program, please call the Jefferson Educational Society at 814-459-8000 

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