OCTOBER 21-22 2020

Federalism on Trial: Lessons from COVID-19 

A Federalism Index Project Virtual Event

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October 21-22, 2020

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Coronavirus has put American Federalism in the national and international spotlight. Join the Federalism Index Project and our partners as we explore the Constitutional, legal, and social challenges of COVID-19.   

SCHEDULE: October 21

9-10:30 AM: Understanding Federalism 

  • John Kincaid, "COVID-19 and Models of Federalism"

  • John Dinan, "Federalism Scholarship and the U.S. response to COVID19: Insights and Future Directions"

  • Jennifer Selin, "Federalism in the Time of Corona: A Cautionary Tale"  

  • Moderator: Andy S. Bibby, Center for Constitutional Studies

11-12:30 PM: COVID-19 and the U.S. Constitution 

  • John Vile, "Continuing Lessons on federalism from the COVID-19 pandemic"

  • Robert Nagel, "Ideology, the Pandemic, and the Future of Federalism."

  • Alan Tarr, "Covid-19 and the Generation of Constitutional Conflict"

  • Moderator: Scott Paul, Center for Constitutional Studies 

1-2:30 PM: Federalism, COVID-19, and Political Culture

  • Don Kettl, "Is Federalism Obsolete?" 

  • Greg Goelzhauser, "Polarization and Federal Systems" 

  • Lance Sorenson, "Two Cheers for Federalism in 2020" 

  • Carl Scott, "Township Federalism in the 21st Century" 

  • Moderator: Sam Hill, Center for Constitutional Studies

3-4:30 PM: Federalism, Liberty, and Public Health

  • Keith Whittington, "Does Public Health Now Exceed State Competence?" 

  • Ilya Somin, "Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom"

  • Carmel Shachar, "Federalism, Public Health, and Pandemics" 

  • Moderator: Troy Smith

SCHEDULE: October 22

9-10:30 AM: The Politics and Economics of Re-opening 

  • Walter Olson, Regulations and Re-opening

  • Lauren Heller, "Covid-19 and Government Failure" 

  • Daniel J. Mallinson

  • Moderator, Andy S. Bibby, Center for Constitutional Studies 

11-12:30 PM: State and Local Leadership During COVID-19

  • J. Edwin Benton, Challenges to Federalism and Lessons from the COVID-19 Experience

  • Nancy J. Knauer, [Reliance on State and Local Actors]

  • Alexandra Cockerham "Power and Limits of American Federalism"

  • Alan Greenblatt [States and Localities During COVID-19]

  • Moderator: Alan Tarr

1-2:30 PM: American Federalism Looking Forward

  • Ernest Young, "Federalism Goes Viral"

  • Gary Gerstle, The New Federalism

  • Troy Smith, "Framing the Debate Around COVID-19"

  • Moderator: Scott Paul, Center for Constitutional Studies 

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