The Publius Society is an organization of students with diverse political views who have a common interest in exploring important issues of the American constitutional order outside the confines of the classroom. The group meets once a month at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for discussion of a specific issue grounded in readings from the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other sources.
The topic of the inaugural meeting of the Publius Society on the evening of 22 October is executive power. To prepare for the meeting, members will read Articles 1 and 2 of the Constitution and Federalist Papers 69-74. They will also hear brief reports from their colleagues on the theory of the unitary executive and on Jack Goldsmith’s recent book, The Terror Presidency. Topics for future meetings include campaign finance and the First Amendment and eminent domain and the Fifth Amendment.