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Jeffrey Rosen

with moderator James Strock

Recorded July 15th, 2020


Jeffrey Rosen with moderator James Strock, July 15, 2020

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Jeffrey Rosen is the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, a law professor at George Washington University, and a contributing editor for The Atlantic. Rosen holds bachelor’s degrees from Harvard and Oxford and a law degree from Yale. He was previously the legal affairs editor of The New Republic and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Rosen is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he speaks and writes about technology and the future of democracy. He often appears as a guest on National Public Radio and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine.

Jeffrey Rosen is the author of the eagerly awaited book Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and the Law (2019). In a series of intimate audiotaped discussions, Rosen drew out the esteemed Justice Ginsburg on subjects as diverse as her life and career, the future of the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissent opinions, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, and how to lead a productive and compassionate life. Rosen delivers a unique insight into an influential mind to illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired women and men of all ages to embrace the “Notorious RBG.”


James Strock served as the founding secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, as well as chief law enforcement officer of the United States EPA. He is a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is a bestselling author of four books on service, politics and leadership, including Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit and Disrupt Politics: Reset Washington.

Strock tours the country speaking on these topics and hosts the popular Serve to Lead podcast. In addition to being a dynamic writer and speaker, he is an entrepreneur and reformer in business and government. Strock’s latest book, Serve to Lead 2.0: 21st Century Leaders Manual, implores organizations and individuals to achieve their greatest potential—and explains exactly how they can.

James attended Harvard College as an undergraduate and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He also attended New College, Oxford and served to captain in the reserves, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army.

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    You once said “The only way to meet incivility is with civility. The Martin Luther King and Gandhi approach is the only approach. That’s how we see our role.” Could you ellaborate on this and what your stance is on the current protests against police brutality?

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    What inspired you to write “Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law”?

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    What is the last thing you read that moved you?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    What have you learned from your time as a professor? How much of it informs your writing?

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    What inspired you to create the National Constitution Center?