Jeffrey Rosen

President & CEO, National Constitution Center

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In these polarizing times, constitutional scholar Jeffrey Rosen looks back toward to our founders to discern the path forward. The Constitution sits at the heart of today’s most contentious issues—from immigration to mass incarceration to gun rights. At the podium, Rosen delves into history to reveal the founders’ intentions for our democracy, leads audiences in identifying constitutional, not political, arguments, and issues a clarion call to citizens to educate themselves about the Constitution so they can become active participants in determining the future of freedom in America. With tremendous passion and insight, Rosen illuminates American ideals, celebrates our democracy, and inspires citizens of different perspectives to unite around the Constitution.

About Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the U.S. Constitution. Rosen became President and CEO in 2013 and has developed the Center’s acclaimed Interactive Constitution, which brings together the top conservative and liberal legal scholars in America to discuss areas of agreement and disagreement about every clause of the Constitution. The online resource has received more than 17 million hits since launching in 2015.

Rosen argues the Founders created a representative republic rather than a direct democracy, designed to slow down deliberation so that majorities could rule based on reason rather than passion. But in the age of Facebook and Twitter, new social media technologies have unleashed populist passions and accelerated public discourse to warp speed, creating the very mobs, demagogues, echo chambers and factions that Hamilton and Madison feared. Rosen speaks powerfully on the topic: How the wisdom of the Founders can Reunite America

Rosen is also one of the leading speakers and writers on the issue of privacy and security in America. He is a strong advocate of employing well-designed laws and technologies to strike an effective and reasonable balance between liberty, privacy, and security, and he offers a penetrating insider’s account how social media are transforming privacy and free speech in America. He describes the challenges for businesses and citizens of living in the world of Facebook and Google —where everything we do is recorded and it’s hard to escape your past and offers practical suggestions to citizens for protecting your reputation and to businesses for protecting privacy and security.

A leading expert on the Supreme Court and the judicial system, Rosen’s book The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America is the best-selling companion book to the PBS series on the Supreme Court. Rosen has interviewed most of the Supreme Court justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Neal Gorsuch, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and can give astute insights into the way that personality, temperament, and judicial philosophy are affecting the dynamics on the Roberts Court and will continue to do so in the future.

In addition to leading the National Constitution Center, Rosen is professor at The George Washington University Law School and a contributing editor of The Atlantic. He is a highly regarded journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, on National Public Radio, in the New Republic, where he was the legal affairs editor, and The New Yorker, where he was a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the 10 best magazine journalists in America and a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times called him “the nation’s most widely read and influential legal commentator.”

Rosen is the author of six books including, most recently, a biography of William Howard Taft, published as part of the American Presidents Series. His other books include Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet; The Most Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age; and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America. He is co-editor of Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change.

Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School.

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  • How the Wisdom of the Founders Can Reunite America
  • Free Speech and Privacy in a Digital Age
  • The State of The Supreme Court

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