Constitution Day 2011: The Powers of the President

“Constitution Day 2011: The Powers of the President” interactive videoconference from HEC-TV Live! will focus on the executive branch of our federal government. The separation and balance of powers between our three branches of government is a central and vitally important element of our Constitution. The Framers of the Constitution debated a great deal about the powers of the presidency. On the one hand, they did not want to create a monarch like that of Great Britain, but on the other hand, the reason they were meeting was that the lack of executive power under the Articles of Confederation was one of its major weaknesses.

Recent history demonstrates how timely and continually vibrant this issue of balance remains as each of our branches of government has debated the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, health care policy, and deficit reduction.

For this year’s program we’ll look at specific events of U.S. history as we explore several questions: What powers are enumerated in the Constitution for the President and how have those powers been interpreted throughout our nation’s history? How has the balance of power shifted between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as a result of how Presidents have employed their powers? How has Congress acted legislatively to respond to Presidential use of power? How accurately does the modern display of Presidential power reflect the framers’ vision of our Chief Executive?

The 2011 Constitution Day Program will have two different live events: the 10 o’clock program will focus on the President and domestic issues, and the 1 o’clock program will focus on the President and international issues. HEC-TV’s scheduled panelists of political scientists, Presidential scholars, and Presidential advisers will be able to provide great insights into the questions above and your students’ questions as well as we discuss the powers of the President.

Participants will also hear directly from President George H.W. Bush and President William J. Clinton through video messages created specifically for the program.

Date: September 16, 2011
Times:  10 to 11:00 a.m. and 1 to 2:00 p.m. CT
Grade Levels: 7-12
Cost:  No Fee

The program will air from the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. Register with HEC-TV LIVE! early. Questions about the interactive videoconference?  Contact Tim Gore.

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