Congress Week

Princeton University professor and CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer with UGA students and faculty in 2018.

Princeton University professor and CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer with UGA students and faculty in 2018.

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies participates annually in Congress Week—an initiative of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. The goal of Congress Week is to foster public interest in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, promote appreciation for the legislative branch’s role in a representative democracy, and bolster wider engagement in American civic and political life.  

As part of its Congress Week celebration, the Russell Library presents Civic Knowledge = Civic Power. A slate of public programming features informal “lunch-and-learn” talks presented by University of Georgia faculty and a keynote lecture by a nationally recognized scholar, journalist, or public official. The goal of Civic Knowledge = Civic Power is to encourage members of the University of Georgia and Athens communities to learn more about the inner workings of Congress as well as the critical role it plays in American politics. 

The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies is a founding member of the ACSC

 

Russell Library’s “Civic Knowledge = Civic Power” lunch-and-learn program.
Russell Library’s “Civic Knowledge = Civic Power” lunch-and-learn program.  

 

For questions about Congress Week, contact Dr. Ashton Ellett at ellettag@uga.edu or 706-542-6793.  

 

Congress Week Keynote Lectures 

2018: Julian E. Zelizer, New York University, “Congressional Ethics in the Age of Partisan Warfare” 

2019: Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College, “Government Shutdowns and Partisan Risk: What We Can Learn from the Forgotten Debacle of 1879” 

2020: Tamar Hallerman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “An Afternoon with Tamar Hallerman featuring Audrey Haynes and Joseph Watson”