We will be hosting a virtual (Zoom) conversation between Congressman David Price and Durham's Mayor Steve Schewel about Price's book "The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed." After the conversation, we will open it up to questions from the audience.
Congressman David Price is uniquely qualified to guide readers through the labyrinth of rules, roles, and representatives that is Congress. As a trained political scientist, he connects the practical politics on the Hill with the theories of the discipline. He is equally focused on the ethics of public service at a time when politics seem to have reached a new low. Through it all, he conveys a clear sense of the challenges, disappointments, elations, and deep concerns implicit in serving as a member of Congress--especially at a time of national and international fragility.
New to the 4th Edition:
• Covers elections and presidencies since the third edition including serving with Obama and Trump.
• Details the Trump impeachment process and the subsequent pandemic bringing change to Congressional floor voting processes, putting current crises in context with prior occasions during the Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies.
• Looks at the reform agenda and the prospects for national political renewal.
David E. Price is US Representative (D-NC) for North Carolina's Fourth District. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system. Price is North Carolina’s only member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. He is a recognized leader on foreign policy, serving as Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership and an outspoken advocate for Middle East peace. He received the Hubert H. Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association and the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice from Yale Divinity School.
Steve Schewel has lived in Durham since he came to Duke as an undergraduate in 1969. He is deeply immersed in the civic and political life of the community. He is a former vice-chair of the school board, served for six years on the Durham City Council, and he now serves as Mayor of the City of Durham. His particular commitments are to issues of homelessness, immigration, affordable housing, civil rights, policing and crime, shared prosperity, and the preservation of open space, trails, and parks.
Steve co-founded the Independent Weekly in 1983 and published it for nearly 30 years before selling it in 2012. Since 2000, he has been a visiting assistant professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke where he teaches courses about social movements and political change. Steve and Lao Rubert have raised two sons in Durham, both graduates of Durham Public Schools. Steve is a long-time youth soccer coach, a reader, runner, and cyclist, and he fancies himself a pretty good cook.