March 29, 2016 

Founding Fathers

NYU Washington, DC welcomed author and renowned legal scholar Sanford Levinson for a discussion on his new book, An Argument Open to All: Reading the Federalist in the 21st Century. This program was made possible through collaboration with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and included Gene Healy, Vice President, CATO Institute and Stephen Vladeck, professor of law, American University Washington College of Law.  It was moderated by Victoria Bassetti, author of Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters.

Brennan Center for Justice

Victoria Bassetti

Victoria Bassetti

Gene Healy

Gene Healy

Sanford Levinson

Sanford Levinson

Stephen Vladeck

Stephen Vladeck

An Argument Open to All

In An Argument Open to All, Sanford Levinson takes a novel approach to what is perhaps America’s most famous political tract. Rather than concern himself with the authors as historical figures, or how The Federalist helps us understand the original intent of the framers of the Constitution, Levinson examines each essay for the political wisdom it can offer us today. In eighty-five short essays, each keyed to a different essay in The Federalist, he considers such questions as whether present generations can rethink their constitutional arrangements; how much effort we should exert to preserve America’s traditional culture; and whether The Federalist’s arguments even suggest the desirability of world government.