Villanova: Should the Electoral College be Abolished?

Matthew J. Ryan Center: “Should the Electoral College be Abolished?”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Akhil Reed Amar and JMC faculty partner Allen Guelzo for a debate on the electoral college. This will be the first of three debates at Villanova this year which comprise the Ryan Center’s inaugural debate series.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 • 7:00 PM
Connely Cinema, Room 1001 • Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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Allen GuelzoAllen Guelzo is the Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University and Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative in Politics and Statesmanship. He previously served as the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. Professor Guelzo is an acclaimed scholar of American history whose writings have been recognized as among the most important contributions to scholarly and public understanding of 19th century America.  His book Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President received the 2000 Lincoln Prize, as well as the 2000 Book Prize of the Abraham Institute of the Mid-Atlantic.  His Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America Emancipation and his Gettysburg: The Last Invasion also received the Lincoln Prize in 2005 and 2013, respectively. In addition, Professor Guelzo was a winner of the 2018 Bradley Prize.

Professor Guelzo is a JMC faculty partner.

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Akhil Reed AmarAkhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. 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 more than three dozen cases. 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 and has written widely for several popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Atlantic.

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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