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Debate 2012: The Power of the President

Benjamin Franklin Project Public Debate Event

The Power of the President: How Much Is Too Much?

On November 1, just five days before the election, the Department of Social Sciences hosted a public debate entitled "The Power of the President: How Much Is Too Much?" featuring Chicago's foremost scholars on the presidency, Alberto Coll of De Paul University and William Howell of the University of Chicago. WBEZ's Alison Cuddy moderated the debate.

The debate was intense but civil, tackling the most historic questions that face the voting public concerning their president. Everything was on the table, from drone warfare to debt-limit authority.

About the Public Debate Participants

Alberto Coll

Professor of Law and serves as the Director of the European and Latin American Legal Studies Program and the International Law LL.M. program at DePaul University College of Law

William Howell

Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and the author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action

Alison Cuddy [moderator]

Arts and Culture Reporter for WBEZ and host of Weekender, the station's weekly tour of Chicago's cultural happenings

Jack Miller Center