Monday, July 31 through Friday, August 4, 2017

COA is launching a new initiative, The Champlain Institute, a week-long ideas forum and exchange. Each summer, COA will host leaders from around the country and the world to share their expertise on pressing issues of our time and invite the public to participate.

This year’s conversations will focus on the state of American Democracy, the Constitution, and our collective future in these United States. Jeffrey Rosen will curate the 2017 Champlain Institute. Rosen is a Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School and commentator on legal affairs. Since 2013, he has served as the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He has been described as “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”


Monday, July 31 at 5 pm
The Press and the Future of American Democracy
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
Ryan Lizza is the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and an on-air contributor for CNN. Since 1998, he has covered most of the country’s major political stories, including the last four Presidential campaigns. His awards include the 2012 National Press Club’s Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence among many others.

Tuesday, August 1 at 9 am
Anthropology and the Arts of American Democracy
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
Jeffrey Rosen will talk with Lauren Coyle J.D. PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersections of legal and political anthropology.

Wednesday, August 2 at 4 pm
The Constitution and the Future of American Democracy
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
Michael Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at UNC Chapel Hill. He has specialized in constitutional conflicts and been active as a special counsel, scholar, adviser, expert witness, and public commentator on all the major conflicts between presidents and Congress over the past quarter century.

Thursday, August 3 at 9 am
The Future of Equality in American Democracy
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
Kenji Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. He has published broadly in scholarly journals and is the author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights and A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice.

Friday, August 4 at 5 pm
What Would Madison think of American Democracy Today?
Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center
In Federalist Paper no. 51, James Madison “worries about how to create institutions which would check personal ambition and the ‘encroachment’ of one branch of government by the other.” (Liberty Project). Jeffrey Rosen, the capstone speaker of our 2017 Champlain Institute, will discuss the state of those checks and balances that support our democracy. Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School.