The Center for Constitutional Studies at the Utah Valley University will hold a conference today on federalism with leading academics from around the country. The conference is being held pursuant to a grant from the Utah State Legislature.
The conference will lead off with a presentation by John Dinan, Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University entitled “Why Federalism Matters Today.”
The first panel at 10 am on “Madisonian Federalism” will feature Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History at Hillsdale College, Director of Academic Programs at Hillsdale Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship; Jack Rakove, William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Professor of Political Science and, by courtesy, of Law, Stanford University; and Colleen Sheehan, Director, Matthew J. Ryan Center, Villanova College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
I will moderate the second panel on Tuesday on “The Dangers of States’ Rights v the Dangers of the Administrative State.” The panel will feature Sotirios Barber, Professor, Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History at Hillsdale College, Director of Academic Programs at Hillsdale Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship; and Ernest Istook, former U.S. Congressman, Lecturer, Utah Valley University.
On Wednesday, I will present as part of a panel on “Federalism and American Identity” which will also feature Carl Scott, Professor, Utah Valley University as the moderator and Alan Tarr, Board of Governors Professor, Director, Center for Constitutional Studies, Rutgers University; Ernest Young, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke University; and Michael Greve, Professor of Law, George Mason University. The panel is at 10 am.
The final panel starting at 1:30 p.m. will address “The Future of Federalism” and feature Ken Ivory, Representative, State of Utah House of Representatives; Robert Nagel, Rothgerber Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Colorado Law School; and Michael Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Dean’s Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law.
It is an extraordinary line up to address the central role of federalism in our constitutional system. Indeed, it is another incredible conference by the CCS, which I have had the pleasure of watching blossom with the university itself into a major academic center. UVU is now the largest university in Utah and has flourished under the leadership of President Matthew S. Holland who previously taught political science at Brigham Young University and has a keen interest in political philosophy and American political thought. The success of the Center itself is due not just to the support of President Holland but the tireless work of Rick A. Griffin, its founding director. Griffin teaches Political Science and History and is currently on leave to finish a book on George Washington. The Center and this conference is in the very capable hands of Interim Director Andrew Biddy who has a deep background in political theory.