What You Need to Know about American Politics

Linda Greenhouse, former Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter; Donald Ritchie, U.S. Senate historian; and Richard Valelly, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, offer an impartial, insightful primer on the basics of the American political system.
January 24, 2014

American politics seems to grow more contentious by the day, and whether American democracy works well continues to be hotly debated. Linda Greenhouse, former Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter; Donald Ritchie, U.S. Senate historian; and Richard Valelly, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, will offer an impartial, insightful primer on the basics of the American political system and how the Founding Fathers intended for it to work. Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, moderates.