Harvard University: The Vanishing Congress

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The Program on Constitutional Government: “The Vanishing Congress: Reflections on Politics in Washington”


The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard, a JMC partner program, will host Jeffrey Bergner for a Lunch Speakers Series lecture on his latest book, The Vanishing Congress: Reflections on Politics in Washington. Among other things, Bergner will address why he believes Congress has become dysfunctional.

Friday, April 5, 2019 • 12:00 PM
CGIS Knafel Building, Room 354 • Harvard University

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Bergner recently appeared on Conversations with Bill Kristol to discuss the same subject:



Jeff BergnerJeffrey Bergner served as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 2005 until July 2008. He is the President and Managing Financial Partner of Bergner Bockorny, Inc., as well as an adjunct professor at the National Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Bergner was Policy Director on the Lugar for President Campaign, Staff Director on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Chief of Staff/Legislative Director of Senator Richard Lugar. He also held the position of Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Asia Foundation, the Hudson Institute, and Business Executives for National Security. In addition to Georgetown, Professor Bergner has held academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Christopher Newport University. He has published widely on issues of political theory, foreign affairs, and national and international security.

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The Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University was founded in 1985 by Harvey Mansfield and William Kristol, and has been guided since then by Mansfield and R. Shep Melnick of Boston College. The Program promotes the study of the U.S. Constitution and its principles, combining the fields of political theory and American government. It brings visiting professors to Harvard, invites guest speakers, and supports postdoctoral fellowships. The Program also seeks to improve the access of Harvard students to political debate by ensuring that the principle of diversity is not confined to favored classes of Americans, but extended to political opinion, since it is the interest of all that both sides be heard.

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