Stephen Vladeck will as “What is a constitutional crisis? (And are we in one?)" During this talk he will discuss how the first ten months of the Trump presidency have not only raised a litany of novel and important legal and constitutional questions about presidential power, presidential privileges and immunities, the separation of powers, and individual rights, but have also rekindled a deeper inquiry into the difference between political and legal crises. Are current events just another byproduct of the contemporary age of American politics, or is there something qualitatively different about the issues we’re debating today—and the role that the various institutions of American government have been and are playing in shaping and settling those debates? When does a system like ours reach a point of “constitutional crisis” that might justify resort to extreme measures—and are we there now? Steve Vladeck ’01 (@steve_vladeck) is a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, with a focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck is an award-winning scholar, CNN’s Supreme Court analyst, and co-author of the leading law school casebooks in counterterrorism law. A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for judges on U.S. Court of. He earned a B.A. from Amherst College summa cum laude with highest distinction in History and Mathematics. This event is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Political Science Department of Amherst College. It is free and open to all.