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The Presidency and the Constitution: Issues and Perspectives

Every year, Cultural Affairs presents two lectures on the United States Constitution, one on each campus. To celebrate the Constitution, the second of the lectures will be presented on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Gilman Center, Library Room 130 at SUNY Orange.

Dr. Brian Carso will speak on "The Presidency and the Constitution: Issues and Perspectives."

This topic is particularly timely since the program comes six days after the 2016 election. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Carso is keenly interested in American government and politics, from the first partisan presidential election of 1796 through today’s political campaigns. During the lecture, he will explore the nature and power of the presidency as envisioned by the Framers. Then, he will show how the circumstances of recent history have changed the executive branch. He will also consider the nature of the presidency in a democratic republic, and examine how this year’s presidential campaign has challenged republican principles.

Carso holds a BA in English, and an MA in American History, both from the University of Rochester. He also has a JD from SUNY Buffalo, School of Law and a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. He is an associate professor of History and Government at Misericordia University which is located in Dallas, PA. He resides in Matamoras, PA.

In addition to teaching classes in history, he directs MU’s pre-law program for those students interested in a career in law, government, or a related field. Prior to teaching, he practiced law at a large Rochester law firm. He also ran his own private practice and held public office in Cooperstown. He is admitted to the bar in the State of New York and before the United States Supreme Court.

He is the author of "Whom Can We Trust Now?": The Meaning of Treason in the United States, from the Revolution through the Civil War.

Free parking is available in the college parking lots and garage.

Questions may be addressed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs