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Constitution Check: Will the government’s global wiretap program ever be subject to challenge?

Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court claims its power

Speaking Out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court

If Abraham Lincoln had died 1861, who would have replaced him?

Freedom from Excessive Punishment Living News 8th Amendment

Search and Seizure 4th Amendment Living News

Freedom of Expression Antietam Living News

Living News Trailer

The Supreme Court’s headscarf case: What type of notice is the “right” notice?

10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

Can justice be served in the ‘American Sniper’ case?

Stay could prolong Obama immigration battle just a little bit longer

Supreme Court ponders another politics and false statements case

Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Obama’s Immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Obama’s immigration policy at a legal crossroads

Podcast: Obama’s immigration policy at a legal crossroads

A controversial order leads to internment camps

Constitution Check: Is the President’s new immigration policy already a constitutional dead letter?

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

Judith Rodin and The Resilience Dividend

Who holds the redistricting power? Supreme Court will decide

Judith Rodin: The Resilience Dividend

Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment To Ensure Gender Equality? March 4, 2015

Video: Judith Rodin and The Resilience Dividend

Texas federal court temporarily blocks Obama’s immigration programs

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Delayed Opening Today, Feb. 17

Constitution Check: Is the President actually giving up some of his war powers?

Bill Clinton ranks high in new historical presidents study

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Judith Rodin: The Resilience Dividend

Child presidential re-enactors invade National Constitution Center

Video: David Boaz and The Libertarian Mind

Presidential Power and the Constitution

10 people who very nearly became President

Lincoln’s Legacy:The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later

Obama calls for war authorization, reopening constitutional debates

Presidential powers and the Constitution

Podcast: Presidential powers and the Constitution

Creating Camelot Press Kit

Video: Sandra Day O’Connor on Lincoln’s legacy

Justice O’Connor On Lincoln’s Legacy

National Constitution Center unveils Newseum traveling exhibit Of Kennedy family photography

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”

Lowe was Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. His extraordinary access to Kennedy’s private and public life allowed him to capture events that others could not. His photographs document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 re-election campaign to the White House, along with intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home. The exhibit also explores how Lowe’s images were used in the media.

A large touch-screen monitor allows visitors to view more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets, including the editing marks that indicate the images he selected for publication in various newspapers and magazines. The exhibit also includes an original film about Jacques Lowe and the Kennedy family.

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C. newseum.org

David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind

Lincoln’s Legacy: The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later

Federal judge orders Alabama official to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Curriculum

Living News is a play that dramatizes current constitutional issues. The piece modernizes the Constitution, focusing on the controversial issues we face today through the stories of ordinary people. It introduces a variety of constitutional issues and questions, and encourages students to think about where they stand on these issues. Use the classroom clips and discussion questions below to get started!

Freedom of Expression
Search & Seizure 4th Amendment
Freedom from Excessive Punishment 8th Amendment

By exploring theatre techniques such as writing, improvisation, and storytelling, educators can breathe new life in civic education and controversial, current topics. Below is a link to lessons that provide innovative ways of connecting students to the Constitution through current events and original source materials. Educators of all subjects and grade levels are invited to share ideas and collaborate on how to apply these new approaches to teaching in their own classrooms! No experience with theatre or drama in the classroom is necessary.

To meet the actors and the creative team behind Living News, click here

Video Library

Video: Lincoln’s legacy and the 13th amendment 150 years later

New Exhibition of Kennedy Family Photography “Creating Camelot” opens at the Constitution Center

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10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

A Celebration of African American History Month, Presidents Weekend and a new Exhibit

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Creative Team

Theatre Programs Support

Assistant Lighting Design: Joseph Glodek
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jamie Grace-Duff

Past Creative Team

Sound Design: Christopher Colucci, Mark Valenzuela
Lighting and Video Design: Terry Smith
Scenic Design: Matt Saunders
Costume Design: Rosemarie McKelvey

Living News

New Questions. New Possibilities!

Living News is a fast-paced, up-close and live theatrical performance introducing current and controversial constitutional issues to students. This dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music and current news broadcasts features three engaging actors to bring the action right up to the audience. We encourage the audience to be a participants in the story!

Living News Trailer

Throughout the performance, actors talk directly to the audience and, at times, involve them in the action. Following the performance, the students are invited to offer their opinions, ask questions and share their thoughts. The museum’s education staff guides a dialogue centered around timely constitutional issues.

Topics include:

Topics are changed regularly to ensure the most up-to-date experience.

We know it is often challenging for young people to make a personal connection to the Constitution and its relevancy in their lives. That’s why we created Living News and why we’ve created activities surrounding it- check out these clips from the show, complete with discussion questions to get your students thinking! 

To meet the actors and the creative team behind Living News, click here.

President Obama asks Congress to approve war against ISIL

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Zephyr Teachout on Corruption in America

Alabama gay marriage debate hits old constitutional issues

Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”

Corruption in America

Lincoln’s Legacy: The 13th Amendment 150 Years

Video: Law professor Zephyr Teachout

Celebrating our nation’s second founding

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Templeton Information

Templeton Essay Contests, New Advisory Board

The National Constitution Center has exciting news about two new projects that benefits students and adults interested in education about the Constitution.

The Center is pleased to announce the members of its new scholarly Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board, co-chaired by leaders of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society. The new board was created to oversee a three-year initiative made possible by a $5.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to increase awareness of the rights set forth in the United States Constitution and other founding documents. The initiative will bring together the best scholars in America to participate in Town Hall constitutional debates across America and to create the best non-partisan Interactive Constitution on the web.

You can learn more about the overall project by clicking here.

An exciting part of the project happening right now is a contest that challenges public and independent school teachers to create plans to increase constitutional literacy in their schools. The contest includes prizes of up to $100,000 for the winning schools and $10,000 for the winning students in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

The Founding Freedoms Essay and Playwriting Contest is designed to increase awareness of the rights set forth in the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, and to engage students to think creatively about our nation's great history.

Students in each of the 6th, 8th, and 12th grades are encouraged to participate by submitting an essay that responds to a grade-specific prompt.  12th grade students also have the option of writing a play that, if chosen as the winning submission, will be performed live at the Constitution Center by professional actors. 

This contest is currently open to students from the tri- state area in public, private, and parochial schools, as well as registered home-study programs. The Center will expand the contest to the Mid-Atlantic region in 2015 and to the entire country in 2016.

Deadlines for entries are:

For more information and to enter the contest, click here.

 

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