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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

What to expect at the Supreme Court this year

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

What to expect at the Supreme Court this year

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Court to take a varied look at the First Amendment

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court takes eight new cases, no action on Redskins’ appeal

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Video: Timothy Garton Ash on 10 Free Speech Principles for a Connected World

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court Preview: Another ‘dog’ case for the Justices

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Senate By Steven G. Calabresi

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Article I, Section 6 By Steven G. Calabresi and Jay Wexler

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Is the Senate Broken By Michael J. Gerhardt

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Article I, Section 3 By Steven G. Calabresi and Michael J. Gerhardt

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The Preamble By Erwin Chemerinsky and Michael Stokes Paulsen

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Preamble’s Significance for Constitutional Interpretation By Michael Stokes Paulsen

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Giving Meaning to the Preamble By Erwin Chemerinsky

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Michael Stokes Paulsen

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Jay D. Wexler

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Michael J. Gerhardt

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The National Constitution Center Interactive Constitution website

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Inside the Conservative Push for States to Amend the Constitution

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

From parchment to iPad: U.S. Constitution digitized

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Phila. Teachers Honored for Improving Constitutional Literacy in Classrooms

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

How Teamwork Built America

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Timothy Garton Ash on Ten Free Speech Principles for a Connected World

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Constitution Check: Could Roe v. Wade be overruled without amending the Constitution?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court ponders NCAA, Redskins sports cases

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Hamilton v. Jefferson: A Clash of Constitutional Visions in Washington’s Cabinet

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Timothy Garton Ash: Ten Free Speech Principles for a Connected World

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

E-mail Down At The National Constitution Center

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Little talk about the Constitution at first presidential debate

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

How the Kennedy-Nixon debate changed the world of politics

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Nixon Court and the Rise of Judicial Conservatism

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Obama administration faces a choice on Amtrak’s role

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court Preview: Religion and access to government programs

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Article V and constitutional change

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Article V and constitutional change

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Podcast: Article V and constitutional change

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Constitution Check: Might the Supreme Court overrule its own gun rights ruling?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court steps into new health care dispute

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis Awarded 2016 Liberty Medal

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Nixon Court and the Rise of Judicial Conservatism

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Video: The Nixon Court And The Rise Of Judicial Conservatism

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Constitution in primetime: ‘Designated Survivor’ and presidential succession

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Survey Research Assistant

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Article II, Section 4 By Neil J. Kinkopf and Keith E. Whittington

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Balancing Independence and Accountability in Impeachable Offenses By Keith E. Whittington

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Scope of the Impeachment Power:  What are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”? By Neil J. Kinkopf

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Keith E. Whittington

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Neil J. Kinkopf

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

What rights does a disabled child have at school?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Representative John Lewis awarded 2016 Liberty Medal

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

2016 Photo Gallery

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

National Constitution Center launches free Constitution app

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

It was 229 years ago today, the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia

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Video: Mark Thompson and The Language Of Politics

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Mark Thompson: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

National Constitution Center Awards $175,000 to 3 Philadelphia Schools

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

New Interactive Constitution App Now Available for IOS and Android!

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Live Chat: Constitution Hall Pass 2016

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Fourteenth Amendment

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Podcast: Article II and the powers of the President

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Article II and the powers of the President

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Article II and the powers of the President

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Senior Education Programs Demonstrator

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

National Constitution Center Will Be Closed on September 19 Due to the Liberty Medal Ceremony

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Celebrity plural family case appeal filed with the Supreme Court

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Edward Snowden, the Constitution and presidential pardons

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Liberty Medal 2016 Participants Include Special Host and Performers

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Constitution Day 2016 To Include Kids-0nly Town Halls and Free Admission

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Alberto Gonzales: 9/11 from Inside the White House

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Supreme Court acts on Ohio early voting, web ads

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

On this day, the transition begins to our Constitutional government

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Constitution Check: Does the government have power to protect sacred Indian sites?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Does conviction of a serious crime always mean the loss of gun rights?

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

The Suspension Clause By Amy Barrett and Neal K. Katyal

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The Suspension Clause By Neal K. Katyal

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The Scope of the Suspension Clause By Amy Barrett

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Article I, Section 2 and Expansion of the Right to Vote By Daniel P. Tokaji

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The States and Congress as Constitutional Interpreters By Bradley A. Smith

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Article I, Section 2 By Bradley Smith and Daniel P. Tokaji

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Amy Barrett

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Neal K. Katyal

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Daniel P. Tokaji

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Living News Spring 2017

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Straight-ticket voting allowed in Michigan

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Article IV, Section 1 Full Faith and Credit Clause By Stephen E. Sachs and Steve Sanders

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The Admissions Clause and the Equal Sovereignty Principle By Thomas B. Colby

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The Nature and the Scope of the Equal Footing Doctrine By Eric Biber

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The Admissions Clause By Eric Biber and Thomas B. Colby

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Not Your Founding Fathers Judiciary By David A. Strauss

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The Judicial Power and the Power of Judicial Review By Richard W. Garnett

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Article III, Section One by Richard W. Garnett and David A. Strauss

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David A. Strauss

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Richard W. Garnett

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Thomas B. Colby

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Eric Biber

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Full Faith and Credit: Some Lingering Dilemmas By Steve Sanders

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Full Faith and Credit in Court and in Congress By Stephen E. Sachs

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Video: Alberto Gonzales on the 9/11 decisions

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Richard R. Beeman

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2016 Liberty Medal Recipient: U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

Richard R. Beeman

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about the passing of Center trustee Richard R. Beeman, in this note to our staff, members and supporters.

I’m sorry to share the sad news that our friend Richard R. Beeman passed away on Monday, after a valiant battle with ALS. Rick was one of the greatest popular constitutional historians of our time, and the National Constitution Center was one of his greatest passions. 

In 1966, at graduate school at the University of Chicago, he was inspired to become a constitutional historian after reading Catherine Marsh’s Miracle at Philadelphia, and he fulfilled his youthful dream of writing a definitive “non-academic” narrative history of the Constitutional Convention, Plain Honest Men (2009), described as “the fullest, most authoritative account of the Constitutional Convention ever written.” His other books include “Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor” (2013), an account of the forging of American Independence and The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution (2011), an annotated collected of the Founding documents. He was the John Walsh Centennial Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for more than four decades. 

As he writes on his website, “One of the greatest sources of satisfaction during my professional career has been my association with the National Constitution Center." Rick worked with Joe Torsella to shape the content of the Center from the beginning, and he was similarly invaluable in working with Stephanie Reyer, Kerry Sautner, our Constitutional Content team, and me to curate the Bill of Rights Gallery and the Interactive Constitution: his introductory essay for the IC on The Constitutional Convention of 1787: A Revolution in Government, which you can read here, was one of his last works, and a beautiful tribute to his commitment to NCC’s mission of educating K-12 students about the Constitution. On a personal note, I feel so lucky that Rick went out of his way to encourage me to join the Center and was such an enthusiastic supporter, advisor, and friend during my first three years: he was the scholarly heart and soul of his place, and his passion for constitutional history will guide us as as we try to live up to his vision of educating all Americans about the Constitution. 

An obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer is here. We will honor Rick’s memory at a memorial service at the National Constitution Center at 5:30pm on 9/26 and are exploring various ways of honoring him more formally at the National Constitution Center, including the possibility of naming the NCC/Penn Visiting Scholar position in his honor. If you are interested in contributing to a permanent tribute to Rick and his invaluable contributions to the NCC, please let me know.  

Richard R. Beeman was a great scholar, a great teacher of the Constitution for all Americans, and a great friend of the National Constitution Center. He will be missed. 

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