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Scholar Exchange – Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention

September 15, 2021 - September 17, 2021

In this session, students will examine the issues and events that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, including the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, and the growing need for a new national government.

Constitution Day

September 17, 2021

Online Programs and Free Museum Admission! On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day celebration in the country.

2021 Liberty Medal Ceremony

September 21, 2021

The National Constitution Center will award its 33rd annual Liberty Medal to two freedom fighters, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, for their courage and conviction in exercising the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, nonviolent resistance, and peaceful dissent.

Scholar Exchange – Ratification and The Federalist Papers

September 22, 2021 - September 24, 2021

In this session, students will explore the battle over the ratification of the Constitution—beginning with Convention delegates like George Mason who refused to sign the Constitution and continuing through the debates between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

Scholar Exchange – Ratification and The Federalist Papers Featuring James Madison

September 24, 2021

In this Fun Friday Session, Founding Father and Father of the Constitution James Madison joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation on the ratification of the Constitution.

Scholar Exchange – Constitutional Conversations and Civil Dialogue

September 29, 2021 - October 1, 2021

In this session, students will examine the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution, and the methods scholars use to interpret it. By examining primary sources, students use historical thinking skills and explore what the government may and may not do based on past examples.

Religious Exemptions From the Founding to Today

September 30, 2021

Following the case of Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, experts discuss the history of religious exemptions and the First Amendment.

Scholar Exchange – Principles of the American Revolution

October 6, 2021 - October 8, 2021

In this session, students will examine the form of government established by the Constitution, and its key ideas—including natural rights, the rule of law, and popular sovereignty.

For Debate: Should Qualified Immunity for Police Officers Be Abolished?

October 7, 2021

Scholars and experts discuss the issues and potential reforms surrounding qualified immunity for police officers.

Educator Professional Development Series: Civil Dialogue and Constitutional Conversations

October 12, 2021

From September through December, the National Constitution Center will host 90-minute virtual professional learning workshops for educators interested in developing civil dialogue skills with their students.

Patriotism and Dissent in America

October 13, 2021

Historians and political theorists discuss the duel concepts of patriotism and dissent throughout American history.

Scholar Exchange – Principles of the American Constitution, 1776-1787

October 13, 2021 - October 15, 2021

In this session, students will examine the form of government established before the Constitution, the Articles of Confederation.

Girl Scouts of the USA Programs

October 16, 2021

The National Constitution Center’s in-person scouting events are retuning for fall 2021! Girl Scouts of the USA can join us at the museum for an action-packed day full of educational and engaging programs—designed just for them!

Scholar Exchange – Federalism and Separation of Powers

October 20, 2021 - October 22, 2021

In this session, students focus on separation of powers and how the Constitution set up a system of checks and balances among the different branches of government.

Artifact Tour: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote

October 25, 2021

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the artifacts featured in the National Constitution Center’s newest exhibit.

The Crisis of Two Constitutions: The Founders’ vs. The Peoples’

October 26, 2021

Two scholars debate the question of whether America faces a constitutional crisis - as well as its potential causes and remedies.

Scholar Exchange – Amendment Review: 27 Amendments in 27 Minutes…27 Minutes—Give or Take a Few!

October 27, 2021 - October 29, 2021

In this fast-paced and fun session, students will review all of the 27 amendments added to the Constitution, and explore the big ideas and changes that each one has made on our system of government. Be ready for a quick review of over 230 years of constitutional history!

Scholar Exchange – Learning About National Elections

November 3, 2021 - November 5, 2021

In this session, student will explore the Electoral College’s controversial origins at the Constitution Convention, the influence of founder James Wilson, and the many attempts to reform the Electoral College over the years.

Cub Scouts and Scout BSA Programs

November 6, 2021

The National Constitution Center’s in-person scouting events are retuning for fall 2021! Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members can join us at the museum for an action-packed day full of educational and engaging programs—designed just for them!

Educator Professional Development Series: Civil Dialogue and Constitutional Conversations

November 9, 2021

From September through December, the National Constitution Center will host 90-minute virtual professional learning workshops for educators interested in developing civil dialogue skills with their students.

Scholar Exchange – Voting Rights Amendments Session

November 10, 2021 - November 12, 2021

In this session, students learn about voting rights in America through a historical exploration of the right to vote in America. Where does the Constitution protect the right to vote?

Scholar Exchange – Article I: Congress – The Legislative Branch

November 17, 2021 - November 19, 2021

In this session, students explore Article I of the Constitution, which defines the powers of Congress.

Native Americans and the Constitution

November 19, 2021

Law professors and historians discuss the complex history of Native American society and American Law.

Scholar Exchange – Article II: The Presidency and the Executive Branch

December 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021

In this session, students will explore the powers of the president. The class will take a close look at Article II of the Constitution, which addresses the presidency and the executive branch.

Scholar Exchange – Article III: Supreme Court in Review: From Judicial Selection to Current Cases

December 8, 2021 - December 10, 2021

In this session, students explore Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which defines the powers of the judicial branch and the Supreme Court.

Members-Only Bill of Rights Tour

December 14, 2021

Members can experience the iconic Signers' Hall and the Constituting Liberty exhibit through a live virtual tour on the Bill of Rights.

Educator Professional Development Series: Civil Dialogue and Constitutional Conversations

December 14, 2021

From September through December, the National Constitution Center will host 90-minute virtual professional learning workshops for educators interested in developing civil dialogue skills with their students.

Scholar Exchange – Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction

December 15, 2021 - December 17, 2021

In this session, students engage in a conversation on slavery in America from the Constitution to Reconstruction. This session will explore the Constitution; the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments; and the Reconstruction founders’ vision of a “Second Founding” for our nation.

Scholar Exchange – Canonical/Landmark Cases Class

January 5, 2022 - January 7, 2022

In this session, students explore the history of the Supreme Court and landmark Supreme Court cases from Marbury v. Madison (1803) to the Roberts Court.

Scholar Exchange – The Civil Rights Movement, the Warren Court, and Landmark Civil Rights Laws

January 12, 2022 - January 14, 2022

In this session, students explore the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark civil rights laws enacted by Congress.

Scholar Exchange – The 14th Amendment and Incorporation

January 19, 2022 - January 21, 2022

In this session, students explore the 14th Amendment and the battles for equality in America. The class examines the clauses of the 14th Amendment and the battle over their meaning from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality in Obergefell.

Scholar Exchange – Article V: The Amendment Process; What is your 28th Amendment?

January 26, 2022 - January 28, 2022

Join the National Constitution Center as we explore amending the U.S. Constitution. What is the amendment process, when has it been done before, and why did the framers write this into the Constitution in the first place?

Scholar Exchange – First Amendment: Speech and Press

February 2, 2022 - February 4, 2022

In this session, students will examine the historical context and the drafting of the First Amendment—focusing especially on the factors motivating America’s founding generation.

Scholar Exchange – First Amendment Speech and Press Featuring David French

February 4, 2022

In this Fun Friday Session, writer David French joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and the press.

Scholar Exchange – First Amendment: Religion

February 9, 2022 - February 11, 2022

In this session, students will examine the historical context and the drafting of the First Amendment’s free exercise and establishment clauses. Students will examine the protections enshrined in the First Amendment’s religion clauses.

Scholar Exchange – First Amendment: Assembly and Petition

February 16, 2022 - February 18, 2022

In this session, students will engage in a conversation on the First Amendment’s assembly and petition clauses, and how these freedoms are defined in an age of new technology.

Scholar Exchange – The 14th Amendment and Incorporation (February)

February 23, 2022 - February 25, 2022

In this session, students explore the 14th Amendment and the battles for equality in America. The class examines the clauses of the 14th Amendment and the battle over their meaning from Reconstruction to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality in Obergefell.

Scholar Exchange – The Civil Rights Movement, the Warren Court, and Landmark Civil Rights Laws (March)

March 2, 2022 - March 4, 2022

In this session, students explore the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark civil rights laws enacted by Congress.

Scholar Exchange – 19th Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote

March 9, 2022 - March 11, 2022

In this session, students will trace the roots of the women’s rights movement—from early reform efforts in the 1800s to the ultimate decision to pursue voting rights.

Scholar Exchange – Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention (March)

March 16, 2022 - March 18, 2022

In this session, students will examine the issues and events that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787, including the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, and the growing need for a new national government.

Scholar Exchange – Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention Featuring Jill Lepore

March 18, 2022

In this Fun Friday Session, Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and writer for The New Yorker, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion on the issues and events in early America that led to the Constitutional Convention.

Scholar Exchange – Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction (March)

March 23, 2022 - March 25, 2022

In this session, students engage in a conversation on slavery in America from the Constitution to Reconstruction. This session will explore the Constitution; the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments; and the Reconstruction founders’ vision of a “Second Founding” for our nation.

Scholar Exchange – Amendment Review: 27 Amendments in 27 Minutes…27 Minutes—Give or Take a Few! (March)

March 30, 2022 - April 1, 2022

In this fast-paced and fun session, students will review all of the 27 amendments added to the Constitution, and explore the big ideas and changes that each one has made on our system of government.

Scholar Exchange – The Bill of Rights, Incorporation, and Voting Rights

April 6, 2022 - April 8, 2022

In this session, students study the Bill of Rights—its rights, its protections and limitations on government—and the process by which it was discussed, debated, and ratified. Students will also explore how the Bill of Rights affects them today.

Scholar Exchange – Civil Liberties Overview

April 13, 2022 - April 15, 2022

In this session, student will explore civil liberties—the basic individual rights of all citizens, as expressed in the Bill of Rights and reinforced by the 14th Amendment.

Scholar Exchange – AP Founding Documents

April 20, 2022 - April 22, 2022

In this fast-paced and fun session, students will review America’s founding documents from a typical course of study for an AP Government class.

Scholar Exchange – AP Landmark Court Case Review

April 27, 2022 - April 29, 2022

In this fast-paced and fun session, students will review the top 15 Supreme Court cases from a typical course of study for an AP Government class.

Scholar Exchange – Fourth Amendment: Privacy in a Digital Age, Policing in America, and Search and Seizure

May 4, 2022 - May 6, 2022

In this session, students will examine the historical context and the drafting of the Fourth Amendment. Students will explore what the Fourth Amendment says and means.

Scholar Exchange – Second Amendment

May 11, 2022 - May 13, 2022

In this session, students will engage in a conversation on the Second Amendment, and its protection of the right to keep and bear arms. T

Scholar Exchange – Supreme Court in Review: Cases to Watch

May 18, 2022 - May 20, 2022

In this session, students explore Article III of the U.S. Constitution, which defines the powers of the judicial branch and the Supreme Court.

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