Democracy is a verb

This Is What Democracy Looks Like Speaker Series

Gale Norton: Federalism & Democracy

James Madison said The Constitution wasn't a national or federal framework of laws, "but a composition of both." In the 21st century, how is that balance maintained? What about in national emergencies, like a war, in an economic crisis---or a pandemic? And when are populist demands a strain on the separation of powers?

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Gale Norton

Gale Norton

Lectures will be offered digitally and in person following COVID-19 regulations (September will be digital only). If it becomes necessary to switch to a digital-only format, we will notify you as the lecture date approaches. The ticket price will remain the same for digital or in person experiences. 

Important note about listed times: Series package includes access to all 1pm and 7pm lectures. Lecture times may vary, so check each date before you purchase.

Former Colorado attorney general and George W. Bush Administration Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton describes how federalism---the operation of the distinct branches unique to American government---makes up our ideas about democracy.

About Gale Norton

Gale Norton graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Denver in 1975. Norton earned her Juris Doctor degree with honors from that university's College of Law in 1978. After working in the Department of the Interior, Gale was elected as Colorado's first female Attorney General in 1991. She worked at the Denver-based law firm Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber until President George W. Bush nominated her as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2001. Norton, the first female to hold the position, served as Secretary until 2006.