When George Washington was inaugurated as first president at Federal Hall, the world was watching the birth of a new government, the first of its kind. The world will be watching again on January 20, 2021 after a period of historic electoral turbulence. What lessons can we learn from November’s tumultuous election? Is it time for legislative change — or even additional constitutional amendments — to restore order for future American presidential elections? Join us to explore the roots of presidential power in the Constitution and the sometimes contentious processes, historically and today, by which we select and confirm the president.
This event is produced in partnership with National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall, New York University, and the National Park Service.
- Michael Waldman, President, Brennan Center for Justice
- Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
- David Frum, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
- John Avlon, Senior Political Analyst, CNN (moderator)