What Would the Founding Fathers Think of the Presidential Campaign?

Posted on 9/19/2016 2:32:48 PM

Come hear what the Founding Fathers have to say about this year’s unusual presidential campaign season—and many other issues—at a presentation 6:00–7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in room 126 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg.

The presentation, “Original Intentions?  A Chat with the Founding Fathers,” is part of IUP’s annual Constitution Day activities.

“The Founders worried about the tendency of democratic majorities to make emotional choices,” said Gwen Torges, a Political Science faculty member who teaches constitutional law and coordinated IUP’s Constitution Day activities. “And that’s why American citizens—then and now—don’t directly elect the president. Instead, the president is selected by the electoral college,” said Torges.

At the presentation Wednesday night, Torges will lead a conversation with four of the authors of the Constitution: Ben Franklin, Charles Pinckney, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, portrayed, respectively, by Political Science professors David Chambers, Dighton “Mac” Fiddner, and Steven Jackson, and History professor Joe Mannard.

Students, faculty, staff, and the Indiana community are invited to hear what the framers were thinking when they wrote the U.S. Constitution, as well as how they might view a variety of contemporary constitutional challenges. The audience will also have a chance to ask their own questions of the Founders.

Department of Political Science