The Progressives’ Century: Democratic Reform and Constitutional Government in the United States

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Friday, November 1
AM Venue: The Presidents' Room, 2nd Floor, Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street
PM Venue: Room 129, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

(Paper abstracts can be accessed HERE.)

8:00-8:45 AM Continental Breakfast, The Presidents' Room, Woolsey Hall
8:45-9:00 AM Introductory Remarks: Stephen Skowronek, Yale University
9:00-10:30 AM Panel 1: The Progressive Critique of the Constitution

Chair: Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School


Eldon Eisenach, University of Tulsa
"A Progressive Conundrum: Federal Constitution, National State, and Popular Sovereignty"

Aziz Rana, Cornell University
"Progressivism and the Disenchanted Constitution"

Ken I. Kersch, Boston College
"Constitutional Conservatives Remember the Progressive Era"

Discussant: Akhil Reed Amar, Yale Law School

10:30-10:45 AM Coffee Break, Presidents' Room
10:45AM-12:15 PM Panel 2: The Progressive Critique of Party

Chair: Samuel DeCanio, Yale University


Michael McGerr, Indiana University
"Progressivism, Liberalism, and the Rich"

Nicole Mellow, Williams College
"The Wrong Fit: Eugenics and the LImits of the Progressive Idea of Party"

Sidney Milkis, University of Virginia
The Progressive Party and the Rise of an Executive-Centered Party System"

Discussant: David Mayhew, Yale University

12:15-1:45 PM Lunch with Keynote Address, Presidents' Room, Woolsey Hall

Keynote Speaker: Professor James Kloppenberg, Harvard University
"Progressivism and the Obama Presidency"

1:45-3:15 PM Panel 3: The Progressive Critique of Rights

Chair: Judith Resnik, Yale Law School


Paul Frymer, Princeton University
"Rights at the Closing of the Frontier"

Karen Orren, University of California, Los Angeles
"The Progressive Century: Rights — Whatever 'Rights' Means"

Brian Z. Tamanaha, WUSTL School of Law
"The Progressive Struggle with Courts: A Problematic Asymmetry"

Discussant: Jack Balkin, Yale Law School

3:15-3:30 PM Coffee Break, Yale Law School Room 122
3:30-5:00 PM Panel 4: The Progressive Faith in Expertise

Chair: Jacob Hacker, Yale University


Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
"A Century of Reason: How Expertise Won and Democracy Lost"

John Skrentny, University of California, San Diego
"The Alchemy of Employment: The Bipartisan Faith in Technological Innovation to Create Jobs, Grow the Economy and Make Everything Better"

Steven Teles, The Johns Hopkins University
"How the Progressives Became the Tea Party's Bete Noir"

Discussant: Jerry Mashaw, Yale Law School

5:00-6:00 PM Reception: Yale Law School Dining Hall (open to all attendees)
6:00-7:30 PM Dinner: Yale Law School Dining Hall (invited faculty only)

Saturday, November 2
Venue: Room 129, Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street

8:00-8:45 AM Continental Breakfast, Law School Dining Hall
8:45-9:00 AM Introductory Remarks: Stephen Engel, Bates College
9:00-10:30 AM Panel 5: The Progressive Faith in a Managed Economy

Chair: Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale Law School


Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University
"Completing the Constitution: How Progressive-Era Economic Regulation Perfected Article I, Section 8"

Richard Epstein, NYU Law School & U. of Chicago School of Law
"The Progressive's Deadly Embrace of Cartels: A Close Look at Labor and Agricultural Markets 1890-1940"

Discussant: Jennifer Klein, Yale University

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break, Yale Law School Room 122
10:45AM-12:15 PM Panel 6: The Progressive Faith in a National Community

Chair: Vesla Weaver, Yale University


John Milton Cooper, University of Wisconsin
"From Promoting to Ending Big Government"

Carol Nackenoff, Swarthmore College
"Toward a More Inclusive Community?  The Legacy of Female Reformers in the Progressive State"

Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
"Progressivism and the Claims of American Political Community in the 20th adn 21st Centuries"

Discussant: Seyla Benhabib, Yale University

12:15-1:30 PM Closing Lunch, Law School Dining Hall


Sponsored by the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Yale Law School.