University of Alaska-Anchorage: “Two Constitutions: The Coming Crisis in American Politics”

University of Alaska-Anchorage: “Two Constitutions: The Coming Crisis in American Politics”


On April 15th, 2021, Charles Kesler will speak for the University of Alaska’s Chartwell Lecture Series on conflicting views of the Constitution and our increasingly divided America:

American politics grows embittered because it is increasingly torn between two rival constitutions, two ways of life. American conservatives rally around the founders’ Constitution. American liberals tend to condemn that arrangement as systemically racist or oppressive, and to herald instead their “living Constitution.” How did we get to this impasse, what is at stake in our increasingly divided America, and is there any way out of this cold civil war?

Thursday, April 15, 2021 • 7:30 PM AKDT
A virtual lecture

Free and open to the public

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Charles KeslerCharles Kesler is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute, Editor of the Claremont Review of Books, host of Claremont’s The American Mind video series, and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He also teaches in the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows Program and Lincoln Fellows Program. From September 2000 to March 2001, he served as vice chairman of the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Congress’s James Madison Commemoration Commission and he is the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Bradley Prize, a high honor bestowed upon distinguished individuals who have influenced American scholarship and debate. Professor Kesler is the author of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism (Broadside Books); the editor of Saving the Revolution: The Federalist Papers and the American Founding (Free Press); co-editor, with John B. Kienker, of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Ten Years of the Claremont Review of Books (Rowman & Littlefield); and co-editor, with William F. Buckley, Jr., of Keeping the Tablets: Modern American Conservative Thought (HarperCollins). He has written extensively on American constitutionalism and political thought, and his edition of The Federalist Papers (Signet Classics) is the best-selling edition in the country.

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The Chartwell Lecture Series, named after Winston Churchill’s country house in Kent, is organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage and features lectures on a wide range of subjects in the humanities and liberal arts. Lectures are free and open to members of the general public. Staffing is provided by Kathleen L. Behnke in the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Department of Political Science gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsorship of Pi Sigma Alpha and the assistance of the Union League of Anchorage, which made this lecture possible, thanks to support from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History through a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and our students in the UAA Political Science Association, who help to organize the lectures.

We are particularly grateful for support from our loyal lecture audience. For information about how to support next year’s Chartwell Lecture Series, please contact Professor James W. Muller,, or any faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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This event is supported by Jack Miller Center’s Pacific Northwest Initiative: Advancing Education in America’s Founding Principles and History. Thanks to the generous grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, JMC is working with faculty to organize exciting campus events in the region. The Initiative also provides programs, conferences and other opportunities for professors in the PNW—all to help them make a difference in the education of their students.



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