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To mark Constitution Day at Carthage, Professor Fred Beuttler will present a lecture entitled: “Congress, the Constitution, and the Democratic Process in a Partisan Age.” Attend the event at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in room 107 of the Clausen Center.

The U.S. Constitution is the second oldest frame of government in the world, but there are some who think it may have shortcomings for the 21st century. This talk will briefly examine the evolution of the relation between the three branches, and then discuss contemporary proposals for reform, such as the expansion of the House, term limits, and national popular voting, all with a goal to increase our understanding of government purposes and functions in a time of deep partisan division.

About Professor Fred Beuttler

Prof. Fred W. Beuttler (pronounced “bite-ler”) is the former deputy historian of the U. S. House of Representatives, where he served from 2005 to 2010. He is an instructor in Intellectual Foundations at Carthage, where he has taught since 2021, and also an instructor at The University of Chicago’s Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, where he has taught since 2015. Prior to that, he was director of general education at Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago.

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Political Science Department, Carthage College Braver Angels

For more information, contact:

Thomas Powers (Political Science):, Fred Beuttler: