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Andrus Center conference on ‘The State of the Presidency’ Feb. 28

Some of the nation’s most prominent presidential scholars will convene on the Boise State University campus on Thursday, Feb. 28, to participate in a daylong conference on “The State of the American Presidency.”

Sponsored by the Andrus Center for Public Policy, conference participants will deliver lectures, engage in panel discussions and share views with audience members through vigorous question-and-answer sessions.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with an evening lecture beginning at 7 p.m. Admission price for the full day includes lunch. There will be a $10 fee for interested students and a $25 fee for the general public; teachers can attend the entire event for free. Online registration is available at www.andruscenter.org.

“These scholars are recipients of some of the nation’s most prestigious academic awards, including writing, teaching and civic honors, and enjoy international reputations for their work and influence,” said David Gray Adler, Cecil Andrus Professor of Public Affairs at Boise State, where he serves as director of the Andrus Center. “Collectively, they have authored more than 150 books, more than 2,000 scholarly articles, papers and book chapters, along with hundreds of magazine articles and op-ed pieces. Much of their work has been characterized as ‘definitive’ and ‘authoritative’ and recognized as classics in the field,” Adler noted.

Conference participants include:

• Richard Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies at Barnard College and Columbia University. Pious has written extensively on American politics and the American presidency and is the author of several books, including “The American Presidency,” “The President, Congress, and the Constitution” and “The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law.” He also has written several books for young audiences, including “The Young Oxford Companion to the Presidency of the United States.”

• Caroline Heldman, professor and chair of the Department of Politics at Occidental College.  A frequent commentator on Fox and MSNBC, Heldman has published in the top journals in her field and co-authored “Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” She also has been active in “real world” politics as a congressional staffer, campaign manager, campaign consultant and political activist.

• Louis Fisher, scholar in residence at the Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. An internationally acclaimed expert on the Constitution and the separation of powers, Fisher has assisted legal scholars and government officials in foreign nations in their efforts to write constitutions. His many books include “Presidential War Power,” “Congressional Abdication on War and Spending,” “Constitutional Conflicts between Congress and the President,” “Constitutional Dialogues,” “Military Tribunals and Presidential Power,” “Nazi Saboteurs on Trial” and “The Politics of Executive Privilege,” as well as 350 scholarly articles in the nation’s leading political science and law journals. Previously he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as senior specialist in separation of powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and specialist in constitutional law (the Law Library, from 2006 to 2010). During his service with CRS, he was research director of the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, writing major sections of the final report.

• Thomas E. Cronin, president emeritus of Whitman College and currently McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership at Colorado College. Cronin has served as president of the Presidency Research Group, president of the Western Political Science Association and on the executive council of the American Political Science Association. He has authored and co-authored numerous books, including the classic, “The State of the Presidency,” as well as best-selling textbooks on American government and the American presidency. He also has won several awards for teaching, advising and for his research, including the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award for significant contributions to the art of government.

• Nancy Kassop, chair of the Political Science Department and professor of Political Science and International Relations at New York State University. A former president of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association, Kassop serves as book review editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and has written widely about presidential power, including “Expansion and Contraction: Clinton’s Impact on the Scope of Presidential Power.”

• Robert Spitzer, chair of the Department of Political Science and the distinguished service professor at New York State University and the author of 14 books, including four on the presidency. A frequent contributor of op-ed pieces to leading American newspapers, Spitzer has testified before Congress on a variety of subjects and is widely regarded as the nation’s expert on gun regulation. His books include “The Presidency and the Constitution,” “Essentials of American Politics,” “The Presidential Veto” and “The Politics of Gun Control.”

• Michael Genovese, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, where he is chair of leadership studies. A prize-winning teacher and author, Genovese is a fellow at Queen’s College at Oxford University and the author of 32 books, including “The Paradoxes of the American Presidency” (co-authored with Thomas Cronin), “The Presidency and the Challenges of Democracy” and “The Presidential Dilemma.”

• David Gray Adler, the Cecil D. Andrus Chair of Public Affairs at Boise State University, and director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Formerly James A. McClure Professor at the University of Idaho, Adler’s books include “The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties” “The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy” and “The President and the Law: The Clinton Legacy.” The author of more than 100 scholarly articles, his work has been cited by both Republicans and Democrats in all three branches of the federal government.

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