National Archives to Host Conference on Bipartisanship June 16
Press Release ยท Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Conference to examine solutions for achieving more bipartisanship and civility in US political discourse

Washington, DC…The National Archives, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and the Bipartisan Policy Center, will host Breaking the Stalemate: Renewing a Bipartisan Dialogue, a daylong conference, on Wednesday, June 16, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Current and former Members of Congress, political experts and journalists will explore the causes and effects of partisan gridlock in Washington and outline tangible solutions for changing course. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, will provide opening remarks.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will deliver the keynote address. Former Congressman John J. Rhodes, III, President of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress; and Jason Grumet, President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will also speak. The event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. The public should use the National Archives Special Events Entrance at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

Conference registration: This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Attendees should register by June 9, 2010, by calling 202-222-0972. Leave your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number. The event is open to media, but space is limited. Media interested in attending the event should RSVP via e-mail to

Panel One, Institutional Perspectives: Partisanship and the Political Divide,will bring together former House and Senate leadership, including