Hillsdale College The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship

Our Choice Today:
Bureaucratic Despotism or the Constitution

An Online Town Hall
Saturday, January 28, 2012

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"Our Choice Today: Bureaucratic Despotism or the Constitution" is an online town hall brought to you by Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship. The town hall will air as a live, interactive webcast on January 28, 2012. During the live webcast you will be able to ask questions of our speakers.

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  Webcast Schedule         
Saturday, January 28, 2012         
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. (EST) “How the Federal Bureaucracy
Undermines American Liberty”
The Honorable Mike Lee
U.S. Senator from Utah
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. “Is There a Place for Independent
Regulatory Agencies in the Constitution?”
Kevin Portteus
Assistant Professor of Politics
Hillsdale College
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Break (Kirby Center Video)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. “How Did the Fourth Branch of
Government Come to Be?”
Ronald J. Pestritto
Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution
Hillsdale College
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. "Returning to the Constitution"
Larry P. Arnn
Hillsdale College

Questions related to specifics of this program can be directed to kirbycenter@hillsdale.edu. And all questions to speakers should be sent to townhall@hillsdale.edu

Speaker Bios:

Larry P. Arnn Dr. Larry Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. Formerly the director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, at Worcester College, Oxford University, Dr. Arnn was from 1985-2000 president of the Claremont Institute. He is author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education and The Founders' Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It.

Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto Dr. R.J. Pestritto is the Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution, Associate Professor of Politics, and Dean of the Graduate School of Statesmanship at Hillsdale College. He also is senior fellow with Hillsdale's Kirby Center. Having earned his B.A. at the Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Pestritto is Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, and an Academic Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is author or editor of seven books, including Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism and American Progressivism: A Reader.

Dr. Kevin Portteus Dr. Kevin Portteus is Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, and faculty adviser for the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program. He earned his B.A. at Ashland University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas. Previously he taught at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, North Carolina, and Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. Recently he completed a book manuscript, Executive Details: Public Administration and American Constitutionalism, publication of which is forthcoming.

The Honorable Mike Lee Senator Mike Lee represents Utah as the state's 16th Senator. A national advocate for our founding constitutional principles, he supports efforts to regain fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic prosperity. He is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, Joint Economic Committee, and also serves as ranking member of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate in 2010, he practiced law in distinguished public and private capacities, and served as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Senator Lee earned a B.S. in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Brigham Young University School of Law.

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