The mission of the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress is to increase the understanding of Congress—"the People's Branch" of government— its role in making policy; its powers, processes and responsibilities. The Center’s bi-partisan work is aimed at scholars, students, current and future public servants and the public. The Center conducts research, teaches and holds public outreach events—such as symposia and conferences—and hosts policy addresses by members of Congress. Our programming aims to explore issues and problems of the legislative branch from new perspectives. As a part of the New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Center strives to help the next generation of public service leaders develop a deeper understanding of how and why Congress makes decisions. The Center is named for founder John Brademas, who served in the U.S. House for 22 years (1959-81), and served as NYU's President from 1981-91.