Professor Akhil Amar
  Professor Akhil Reed Amar  
YAAG Speaker Series at the Greenwich Library


Professor Akhil Reed Amar
The Presidency from Washington to Lincoln 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
 7:00 pm
Refreshments to Follow Q&A
The Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Ave.

Please join us for a talk by Akhil Reed Amar,
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University

Professor Amar will explore the early American Presidency, from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln. In some ways, the two were remarkably similar: strong Unionists who guided their country through years of bloodshed and sacrifice. But the differences are also stark. Washington positioned himself above the political fray—elected and reelected unanimously—whereas Lincoln was intensely polarizing. Washington came to power as a Virginian with extraordinary military and diplomatic credentials—and virtually all other elected presidents prior to 1860 were likewise generals and/or diplomats, and were either southerners or northerners with substantial southern political support. Lincoln broke the mold.

The twists and turns of antebellum American history are powerfully embodied in the life stories, electoral strategies, and presidential policies of America’s first sixteen chief executives. Come hear, for example, how the electoral college was designed by and for Washington and other leading Virginians; was quickly redesigned by and for Thomas Jefferson’s pro-southern party; yet ultimately came to place an emphatically anti-slavery northwesterner in the White House.

This event is free of charge thanks to contributions made by the
supporting members of the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich.

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 Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in some forty cases—tops in his generation. He regularly testifies before Congress at the invitation of both parties; and in surveys of judicial citations and/or scholarly citations, he invariably ranks among America’s five most-cited mid-career legal scholars. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award. In 2008 he received the DeVane Medal—Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence. He has written widely for popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Atlantic. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show, The West Wing, and his constitutional scholarship has been showcased on a wide range of broadcasts, including The Colbert Report, Up with Chris Hayes, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Morning Joe, AC360, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 11th Hour with Brian Williams, Fox News @Night with Shannon Bream, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Erin Burnett Outfront, and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. He is the author of dozens of law review articles and several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure (1997), The Bill of Rights (1998—winner of the Yale University Press Governors’ Award), America’s Constitution (2005—winner of the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award), America’s Unwritten Constitution (2012—named one of the year’s 100 best nonfiction books by The Washington Post), The Law of the Land (2015), and The Constitution Today (2016—named one of the year’s top ten nonfiction books by Time magazine). In 2017 he received the Howard Lamar Award for outstanding service to Yale alumni. He is Yale’s only currently active professor to have won the University’s unofficial triple crown—the Sterling Chair for scholarship, the DeVane Medal for teaching, and the Lamar Award for alumni service.


Event Information
Wednesday, Dec 11 2019 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
Flinn Gallery at Greenwich Library
101 West Putname Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
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