The Role of Minority Parties in Congress

November 15, 2010 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Former Congressman Robert Walker (R-Pa.), who, as a backbench Member, helped Newt Gingrich engineer the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, told a Wilson Center Congress Project seminar audience Nov. 15 that "the chief job of the minority party is to become the majority."

Book Launch: Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism From the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond

October 20, 2010 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Martin and Susan Tolchin update the question they first raised in a 1971 work, examining how a string of Supreme Court rulings has affected the time-honored practices of rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies.

Book Launch: Parliament & Congress

September 28, 2010 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Co-Author William McKay, Former Clerk, UK House of Commons; Co-Author Charles W. Johnson, Former Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives; Commentator Walter J. Oleszek, Senior Specialist, Congressional Research Service; Moderator Don Wolfensberger, Director, The Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center

Is Our Constitutional System Broken?

September 17, 2010 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Kevin O'Leary, Journalist and Political Scientist; William F. Connelly, Jr., Professor of Politics, Washington & Lee University; Gregory Koger, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Miami; Mickey Edwards, Vice President, Aspen Institute, and Former U.S. Representative (R-OK)

The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction

July 22, 2010 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Donald A. Ritchie, U.S. Senate Historian; Donald Wolfensberger Director, Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center

Congress, the Executive Branch and the Cyber Threat

May 17, 2010 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Howard A. Schmidt, Assistant to President Barack Obama & White House Cybersecurity Coordinator; Deborah Parkinson, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs; Marcus H. Sachs, Verizon Communications, Director for National Security & Cyber Policy & former NSC Staff for Cyberspace Security ; Lt. Col. Forrest B. Hare, Staff, Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense

Congress, Deficits and Public Opinion

March 15, 2010 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.), Chairman, House Appropriations Committee (invited); Rep. Michael K. Simpson (R-Id.), Member, House Budget and Appropriations committees (invited); Carroll Doherty, Associate Director, Pew Research Center for People and the Press; Eric Pianin, Washington Editor, The Fiscal Times

Can Redistricting Reforms Reduce Polarization in Congress?

February 22, 2010 // 11:00am1:00pm
Tom Hofeller, The Republican National Committee; David G. Oedel, Professor, Walter F. George Law School, Mercer University; Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Juliet Eilperin, Staff Writer, The Washington Post; Moderator Don Wolfensberger, Director, Congress Project, Woodrow Wilson Center

National Urban Policy: Is a New Day Dawning?

January 25, 2010 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Mercedes Marquez, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning & Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; William Barnes, Director, Emerging Issues, National League of Cities; Joshua Sapotichne, Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University; Michael Fletcher, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

Immigration & Public Opinion: What's the Climate for Change?

November 16, 2009 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-Calif.); Rep. Dan Lungren, (R-Calif.); H. Richard Friman, Professor of Political Science, Dept. of Political Science, Marquette University; Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research, The Pew Research Center