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Benjamin Franklin Project

Benjamin Franklin Project Series

Benjamin Franklin Project Public Debate Event

Benjamin Franklin Project Public Debate
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


About the Benjamin Franklin Project at IIT

Statesman. Scientist. Humanist. Businessman. Inventor.

As one of the United States' Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin is known for his vision, his wit, his love of life, his expert knowledge in governance, science, engineering, business, education, music, and philosophy, and the treasure trove of writings, discoveries, inventions, and ideas that he left behind.

In partnership with the Jack Miller Center and with the generous support of The Brinson Foundation, the College of Science and Letters and the Department of Social Sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) have launched the Benjamin Franklin Project to inspire a new generation of innovators who wish to think—and act—across today's disciplinary and professional lines.

Through a series of events and special courses taught at the IIT campus, the Benjamin Franklin Project allows students and scholars to explore the full range of the Founders' work—from their most practical domestic devices to the extraordinary idea and architecture of the New Republic. The Project focuses especially on the Enlightenment and the Framers as scientists, inventors and designers in both the social and the natural realms, exploring how all these elements continue to spark imaginations and shape priorities in today's far more interconnected world.

The inaugural Benjamin Franklin Project Lecture was delivered by renowned scholar Gordon Wood (Brown University) on March 15, 2012. This event was followed by a public symposium on April 26, 2012, and featured Ralph Lerner (University of Chicago), Stuart Warner (Roosevelt University), Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire) and David Lieberman (University of California at Berkeley). The first Jack Miller Post-Doctoral Fellow took residency in the Department of Social Sciences and begin teaching in August of 2012.


Benjamin Franklin Image: Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, Benjamin West c. 1816 [src: http://www.philamuseum.org]

Jack Miller Center DePaul Forum on On The Constitution and American Foreign Policy IIT College of Science and Letters Department of Social Sciences