Robert Draper: Inside the 112th Congress

Robert Draper: Inside the 112th Congress

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.


$10 non-members

$7 members, students & teachers

FREE for 1787 members




F.M. Kirby Auditorium

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street | Independence Mall

Join celebrated journalist and bestselling author Robert Draper for a revealing, riveting look inside the 112th Congress, the focus of his forthcoming book Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives. After the history-making 2010 midterm elections that ushered in 87 freshmen Republicans, Draper followed several representatives from both sides of the aisle through a tumultuous legislative session marked by bitter partisan divisions and public approval at a record low. With a Republican House majority serving as the party’s point of the spear against the Obama administration, and a Democratic minority determined to regain power, Draper’s portrait illuminates Beltway dysfunction and suggests why Americans have lost faith in their government institutions. Paul Kane of The Washington Post moderates this timely conversation.


  • Robert Draper is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic and a correspondent for GQ. He is the author of several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. He lives in Washington, D.C
  • Paul Kane covers Congress for The Washington Post. A winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for a series of stories about lawmakers and their connection to non-profits, Kane has covered the landmark health care law, last summer’s debt showdown and the rise of the Tea Party. He has worked for Roll Call, the English language China Daily, and several other papers..




A book sale and signing with Robert Draper will follow the program.


Parking is available for $9.00 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets.

Advance reservations required; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.




Do Not Ask What Good We Do


    This event is part of Election 2012, the Center’s yearlong programming series on the key issues facing Americans during this important election year.


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