The Roger S. Aaron '64 Lecture: "A Republic, If You Can Keep It"

Keith Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Director of Graduate Studies, Princeton University visited the Rockefeller Center on Thursday, October 6, 2016 to deliver the The Roger S. Aaron '64 Lecture: "A Republic, If You Can Keep It

The nature of popular government has been surprisingly contested in the American political tradition. The founding generation agreed they wanted a popular government, but they had little agreement on what one would be. Charting the U.S. Constitution's story of progress and promise.

    Is a republic different than a democracy?

    Is popular government a free government?

    Can there be too much democracy?


Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group


Speaker Bio:

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court, and Constitutional Leadership in U.S. History; Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review; and Constitutional Construction: Divided Powers and Constitutional Meaning; and coeditor of Congress and the Constitution and The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics; and has published widely on American constitutional theory and development, judicial politics, the presidency, and federalism. He is currently working on a political history of the judicial review of federal statutes and preparing, with Howard Gillman and Mark Graber, a book of cases and materials on American constitutionalism. His work has won the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in law and courts and the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history.  He has been a John M. Olin Foundation Faculty Fellow and American Council of Learned Societies Junior Faculty Fellow, and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He received a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.