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Video: Jeffrey Rosen on civil liberties at the Aspen Ideas Festival

July 3, 2014 by NCC Staff


Jeff MSNBC debate editedJeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, engaged the nation’s leading legal and policy experts in exciting conversations about the U.S. Constitution and your civil liberties at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.

For nearly a decade, the Aspen Ideas Festival has hosted annually more than 350 presenters, 200 sessions, and 3000 attendees for substantive discussions and debates on the issues of the day.

This year, Rosen participated in several events geared toward an informed look at NSA surveillance, rights in cyberspace, the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and so much more.

Monday, June 30, 2014 Presents: Great Debates: Is the NSA Keeping Us Safe?

The National Security Agency’s surveillance and data collection programs have raised profound questions and concerns about whether the practices effectively warded off potential terror attacks. On June 30th at the St. Regis, MSNBC will host “The Great Debate: Does the NSA Make Us Safer,” an Aspen Ideas Festival dialogue powered by Microsoft’s Bing Pulse. Andrea Mitchell will moderate this event, which will feature an interactive live audience and will be live streamed on It will be re-aired as an exclusive MSNBC broadcast. Using Bing Pulse’s anonymous voting capability, audience members attending the debate or joining online will be encouraged to weigh-in throughout the program on whether they agree or disagree with the arguments being made and to respond to questions from the MSNBC newsroom. Your voice will help to shape the debate in real-time. Powered by Microsoft's Bing Pulse technology.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Facebook, Google, and the Future of Free Speech

In this digital age, many of the most pressing questions about free speech arise in cyberspace. And increasingly, the answers to those speech questions are defined in board rooms, rather than court rooms. What comments on Facebook constitute hate speech? Which videos on YouTube are likely to incite violence? At the moment, many of the most important decisions about online content, access, and speech are concentrated in the hands of a few private actors. Will they have even more power in 2024?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Constitution, from Drafting to Ratification: A User’s Guide

A little more than a decade after the founding of the United States, things weren’t going incredibly smoothly. People like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton actually wanted to create a whole new government. In the summer of 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia, and by September, the Constitution had been born. Join Rosen and the Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein for a conversation about why a constitutional convention was needed, how it worked, what the thorniest issues were, and how we got the Constitution and Bill of Rights we have today.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

After the Gavel: The Supreme Court, the Future, and You

As the Supreme Court wraps its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, partisanship on the Court, and how it all might shape the future. From affirmative action, to religious liberty, campaign contribution limits, and beyond, hear what the Roberts Court decided and why it matters to you.

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