University of Richmond: The Decline of Statesmanship

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Jepson School of Leadership Studies: “Contempt in Congress: The Decline of Statesmanship in the U.S. Senate”


On November 8, 2019, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Sean Theriault for a lecture on the decline of statesmanship in Congress.

Friday, November 8, 2019 • 4:30 PM
Jepson Hall, Room 118 • University of Richmond

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Sean TheriaultSean Theriault is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is fascinated by congressional decision-making and is currently researching the effect of interpersonal relationships within the U.S. Congress. He has published five books: Congress: The First Branch (with Mickey Edwards; Oxford University Press, 2020), The Great Broadening (with Bryan Jones and Michelle Whyman; University of Chicago Press, 2019), The Gingrich Senators (Oxford University Press, 2013), Party Polarization in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and The Power of the People (Ohio State University Press, 2005). In addition, Professor Theriault has published numerous articles in a variety of journals on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers and the Louisiana Purchase to the Pendleton Act of 1883.

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The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond draws upon the liberal arts to advance the understanding of leadership and the challenges of ethical and effective engagement in society. The study of leadership explores fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history. It exemplifies the spirit of the liberal arts: to educate people to take an active role in the world. The Jepson School helps students realize their distinctive capacities and apply their learning for the good of society.

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The John Marshall International Center for the Study of Statesmanship in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts conferences and speakers to discuss leadership and provide diverse intellectual perspectives. The center is named in honor of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall. Marshall is best known for his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835. He also served as United States Secretary of State from 1800-1801 and briefly as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1799-1800. “It is entirely fitting that this program honor the memory of Richmond’s famous citizen, John Marshall,” says Gary L. McDowell, one of the original co-directors of the Marshall Center, “In every role, one sees his firm commitment to responsible decision-making by political leaders that lay at the foundation of his understanding of the rule of law and modern constitutionalism.”

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