Gary Hart, Historians to Discuss the Power of the Presidency

Some of the country’s leading presidential historians will gather at Duquesne University on Monday, Nov. 7, to discuss the power of the presidency and its role in the United States’ constitutional system.

Hosted by the Duquesne University School of Law, The Presidents and the Constitution will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

The event is named for The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History, written by Duquesne University President Ken Gormley. He will be joined by the following guests, each of whom wrote a chapter on a specific president for Gormley’s book:

  • Gary Hart (President James Monroe), former U.S. senator from Colorado and a presidential candidate in 1988
  • James D. Robenalt (President Warren G. Harding), a lawyer, writer and expert on presidents from Ohio
  • David Shribman (President William Henry Harrison), executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and syndicated columnist.

Lori Cox Han, a scholar and professor of political science at Chapman University, will moderate the event. She wrote the chapter on George H. W. Bush for Gormley’s book.

A renowned legal scholar and author, Gormley wrote the chapter on President Bill Clinton for his book, which has received positive reviews from Politico, NPR Correspondent Nina Totenberg and The Washington Post, among others.

The Presidents and the Constitution is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, and to register, visit, email or call 412.396.6300.