Sold Out – In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Kermit Roosevelt on Federalist Paper No. 46

Date / Time

  • February 21, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Federalist Paper No. 46 and the Relationship Between the States and the Nation

Kermit Roosevelt will focus on Federalist Paper No. 46 as a means of addressing the failure of the authors of The Federalist Papers (and the drafters of the Constitution) to foresee certain political and social developments and the degree to which modern America no longer resembles the nation designed by the Constitution and described in The Federalist Papers. The relationship between the states, the federal government, and the people has been radically altered by the Civil War and the Reconstruction Amendments.

This program is sponsored by Amy Coes and Alexandra Victor Edsall.

About the speaker

Kermit Roosevelt is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a former clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, and an award-winning author. His novels include Allegiance and In the Shadow of the Law, and his nonfiction includes The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions and Conflict of Laws. Roosevelt’s law review articles have been cited twice by the Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.

The Federalist Papers Mini-Series

230 years after The Federalist Papers were published, many of the constitutional debates raised by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay remain urgent today. Focusing on a single paper from this collection, legal experts will guide a group conversation about what these ideas mean for American democracy in 2018.

Seating is limited; advance registration is strongly recommended.

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