The Presidency and the Constitution

April 19-21, 2013


When the Founders drafted the Constitution in 1787, they had some understanding of what executive power was and how it differed from legislative and judicial power-but the approach to executive power they endorsed in Philadelphia was new and one of the truly novel features of the new Constitution. This seminar focuses on the idea of the presidency under the Constitution and how that office has evolved over time. Special attention is placed on early understandings of the presidency and how they differ, sometimes in rather dramatic fashion, from more contemporary ideas regarding the office and the occupant.

Seminar Scholar

Eugene Hickok taught political science and law at Dickinson College and the Dickinson School of Law for many years before entering public service. An award-winning teacher, he has published numerous books and articles on topics related to the Constitution, the presidency, congress and the courts. His commentary has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Education Week. He served as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education under Governor Tom Ridge and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush. His most recent publications are Why States? The Challenge of Federalism and Schoolhouse of Cards.