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Live constitutional conversations and debates featuring leading historians, journalists, scholars, and public officials hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and across America.



To watch National Constitution Center Town Halls live, check out our schedule of upcoming programs at constitutioncenter.org/townhall. Register through Zoom to ask your constitutional questions in the Q&A or watch live on YouTube at YouTube.com/ConstitutionCenter.

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Live constitutional conversations and debates featuring leading historians, journalists, scholars, and public officials hosted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and across America.



To watch National Constitution Center Town Halls live, check out our schedule of upcoming programs at constitutioncenter.org/townhall. Register through Zoom to ask your constitutional questions in the Q&A or watch live on YouTube at YouTube.com/ConstitutionCenter.

    RESOLVED: Songs of Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

    RESOLVED: Songs of Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

    Last month, the National Constitution Center hosted a musical performance and conversation about the women who fought for the right to vote. On this episode you’ll hear the premiere performance of RESOLVED — a song cycle about the 19th Amendment and the American women’s suffrage movement—by composer/soprano/creator Patrice Michaels, performed by renowned mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and pianist Laura Ward and produced by NBCUniversal. Next, you’ll hear a discussion featuring scholars Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Gail Heriot of the University of San Diego School of Law, and Center Exhibit Developer Elena Popchock exploring some of the iconic women highlighted in the performance who fought for the 19th Amendment and the Equal Rights Amendment. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the Center, moderates.
    This program was presented in partnership with Vision 2020’s Women 100 and as part of the Center’s yearlong initiative, Women and the Constitution, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the Center’s new exhibit The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote.
    As the highlight of the Women and the Constitution initiative, this Thursday, the Center will award the 32nd annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for her efforts to advance liberty and equality for all. You can sign up to join the livestream of the special awards ceremony this Thursday at 6:30 p.m at constitutioncenter.org/liberty-medal.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 41 min
    Plato, Aristotle, and the Founders

    Plato, Aristotle, and the Founders

    The National Constitution Center is hosting a series of online constitutional classes this fall for students and learners of all ages. Last Friday, Center President Jeffrey Rosen and Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner were joined by David Coleman, CEO of the College Board. They discussed the founders, their flaws, and whether they still matter today. They also dove into the ideas of classical philosophers like Aristotle and Plato—and how their ideas influence the continual pursuit of a more perfect union . 
    Our schedule of constitutional classes for the 2020-2021 school year is available here: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/online-civic-learning-opportunities. Check out all of our online educational resources: https://constitutioncenter.org/learn.
    Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 40 min
    Landmark Cases Lightning Round

    Landmark Cases Lightning Round

    In the spring, the National Constitution Center hosted a series of online constitutional classes where students, teachers, parents, and learners of all ages joined in constitutional discussions with scholars from the National Constitution Center and guest speakers. As we gear up for more classes starting on August 31st, we’re sharing one of our favorite lectures from spring 2020 on today’s episode. Center President Jeffrey Rosen reviews 15 of the most important Supreme Court cases in American history in this lecture, which was given with high school students taking AP Government in mind but is great for learners of all ages! Jeff was joined by the Center’s Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner and by Stefanie Sanford from the College Board. 
    Here's the list of cases covered in this episode:

    McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

    United States v. Lopez (1995)

    Engle v. Vitale (1962)

    Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972)

    Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969)

    New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964)

    Schenk v. United States (1919)

    Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

    Roe v. Wade (1973)

    McDonald v. Chicago (2010)

    Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)

    Baker v. Carr (1962)

    Shaw v. Reno (1993)

    Marbury v. Madison (1803)


    Our schedule of constitutional classes for the 2020-2021 school year, which will begin on August 31, is now available online: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/online-civic-learning-opportunities. Check out all of our online educational resources: https://constitutioncenter.org/learn. 
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 54 min
    2020 Supreme Court Term Review

    2020 Supreme Court Term Review

    Our annual Supreme Court term review, hosted in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, recapped the landmark cases from this past term and previewed what’s to come next term. The panel featured Supreme Court experts Dahlia Lithwick, Erwin Chemerinsky, Paul Clement, and Frederick Lawrence. Karen Levit, National Civil Rights Counsel at ADL moderates, with opening remarks from National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen.
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    19th Amendment: Untold Stories

    19th Amendment: Untold Stories

    Last week, historians Martha Jones and Lisa Tetrault joined National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation exploring the history and legacy of the 19th Amendment. The discussion highlighted the untold stories of women from all backgrounds who fought for women's suffrage and equality for all. Martha Jones is author of the new book Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Lisa Tetrault is author of The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.
    This program was presented as part of the 19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future symposium presented in partnership with All in Together, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, the LBJ Presidential Library, the National Archives, The 19th, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It’s as part of the National Constitution Center's Women and the Constitution initiative – a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
    Learn more about the National Constitution Center’s new exhibit The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote here https://constitutioncenter.org/experience/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions
    Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 27 min
    Slavery in America From the Constitution to Reconstruction With Eric Foner

    Slavery in America From the Constitution to Reconstruction With Eric Foner

    In the spring, the National Constitution Center hosted a series of online constitutional classes where students, teachers, and parents joined in constitutional discussions with scholars from the Center and guest speakers. As we gear up for more classes this coming school year, we’re sharing one of our favorite lectures from spring 2020 on today’s episode.   
    National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen was joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner for a conversation about the Constitution and slavery in America, including the history and legacy of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, ratified during Reconstruction.   
    Our schedule of constitutional classes for the 2020-2021 school year, which will begin on August 31, is now available online: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/online-civic-learning-opportunities. Check out all of our online educational resources: https://constitutioncenter.org/learn. 
     Questions or comments about the show? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org.

    • 56 min

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Best civics class

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Trump at Constitution Center

Jeff Disappointing that you allow a President who denigrates everything that the US Constitution represents to use our facility. I know you can’t refuse his attendance but given what you said about Plato and the young ruler and how a person turns into a dictator the fact that you may attend the town meeting is inconsistent with the lesson that you tried to communicate with Plato and Aristotle. Shame.

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Reconstruction

Thoroughly enjoyed this panel on podcast. For 1st time I heard straight talk not speech in euphemisms. Eye opening, mind blowing - thank u for this.

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