Monday, July 29, 2024
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

American historian and journalist Jill Lepore speaks with Reverend Cornell William Brooks, former president of the NAACP and director of a Social Justice Collaborative at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Cornell William Brooks Jill Lepore
Tuesday, July 30, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Tim Alberta, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine, speaks with COA Trustee R. Marie Griffith, professor in the humanities at Washington University in St. Louis.

Tim Alberta R. Marie Griffith
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, speaks with Joanna Lydgate, CEO of States United Democracy Center.

Joanna Lydgate Jocelyn Benson
Wednesday, July 31, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and former US Representative, speaks with former US Ambassador and board chair of The International Foundation for Electoral Systems William C. Eacho.

Joe Scarborough William C. Eacho
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Dr. Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of USAID, speaks with Phil Lader, former US Ambassador to the UK.

Rajiv Shah Philip Lader
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

American poet Richard Blanco speaks with Meg Weston, founder and director of The Poets Corner

Richard Blanco Meg Weston
Thursday, August 1, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Nina Perales, vice president of litigation at MALDEF; and Michael Li, senior counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, speak with Cook Political Report Senior Editor Dave Wasserman.

Michael Li Nina Perales David Wasserman
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer speaks with Jeffrey Rosen, president & CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Stephen Breyer Jeffrey Rosen
Friday, August 2, 2024
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Jeffrey Rosen, president & CEO of the National Constitution Center, speaks with Dr. Judith S. Goldstein, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Humanity in Action, Inc. 

Jeffrey Rosen Judith Goldstein
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

US Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME 1st District) speak with writer and journalist Frances Stead Sellers.

Jamie Raskin Chellie Pingree Frances Stead Sellers

The COA Summer Institute focuses on dialogue, conversation, and frequent interaction between and among our invited speakers and participants.

There are nine sessions held throughout the week. Sessions are 75 minutes and include audience Q&A.

Evening sessions are followed by a cocktail reception.

 

To view recordings from past years click on the button below and select a Summer Institute playlist on the COA YouTube Channel.

Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism

By: Stephen Breyer

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These Truths: A History of the United States

By: Jill Lepore

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The Kingdom, The Power & The Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism

By: Tim Alberta

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Tim Alberta
R. Marie Griffith
Tim Alberta R. Marie Griffith

The Deadline: Essays

By: Jill Lepore

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States United: A Survival Guide for Our Democracy

By: Joanna Lydgate, Norman Eisen, and Christine Todd Whitman

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Joanna Lydgate
Jocelyn Benson
Joanna Lydgate Jocelyn Benson

American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil Ware and the Rise of President Trump

By: Tim Alberta

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Tim Alberta
R. Marie Griffith
Tim Alberta R. Marie Griffith

The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America

By: Jeffrey Rosen

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Jeffrey Rosen
Judith Goldstein
Jeffrey Rosen Judith Goldstein

Homeland of My Body

By: Richard Blanco

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Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens

By: Rajiv Shah

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How to Love a Country

By: Richard Blanco

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This America: The Case for the Nation

By: Jill Lepore

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Magma Intrusions

By: Meg Weston

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