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

January 18, 2021 - January 22, 2021

In this session, students explore the 1950s and 1960s civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark civil rights laws enacted by Congress—including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965—and how they have been interpreted by the Supreme Court

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programs and Resources

January 18, 2021 - January 22, 2021

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sign up for a free, live virtual class on the civil rights movement. For the week of January 18, students explore the civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark laws enacted by Congress like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Scholar Exchange: The Civil Rights Movement Featuring Hasan Kwame Jeffries

January 22, 2021

In this Fun Friday Session, Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University, joins Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, to explore the civil rights movement.

Scholar Exchange: Article V: The Amendment Process

January 25, 2021 - January 29, 2021

In this session, student will 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?

Members-Only Virtual Exhibit Tour: Leadership Styles of Historic Americans

January 26, 2021 - January 26, 2021

Guided tour in our main exhibit exclusively for NCC Members.

Scholar Exchange: First Amendment: Speech and Press

February 1, 2021 - February 5, 2021

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. Students will also examine various types of speech, including symbolic speech, hate speech, and political speech.

Educator Professional Development: Constitutional Conversations: Building the Foundations for Dialogue and Deliberation in the Classroom

February 3, 2021 - February 24, 2021

Join us each Wednesday evening in February from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. EST for this free virtual workshop series presented by the National Constitution Center and hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Deepen your constitutional knowledge and enhance your strategies for fostering civil dialogue around Constitutional questions.

Scholar Exchange: First Amendment: Religion Clauses

February 8, 2021 - February 12, 2021

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.

Educator Professional Development: First Amendment: Past and Present

February 9, 2021

Let’s 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: Religion Clauses With Kurt Lash

February 12, 2021

In this Friday session, professor Kurt Lash, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Richmond School of Law, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine the historical context and the drafting of the First Amendment’s free exercise and establishment clauses.

Members-Only Virtual Exhibit Tour: Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality

February 16, 2021 - February 16, 2021

A guided virtual tour for members of the National Constitution Center.

Scholar Exchange: First Amendment: Assembly and Petition

February 17, 2021 - February 19, 2021

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

Scholar Exchange: Civil Liberties Overview

February 22, 2021 - February 26, 2021

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: Amendment Review – 27 amendments in 27 minutes…plus a few more

March 1, 2021 - March 5, 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.

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

March 8, 2021 - March 12, 2021

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.

Educator Professional Development: Reconstruction and the Constitution

March 9, 2021

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: Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction (March)

March 15, 2021 - March 19, 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: Slavery in America: The Constitution to Reconstruction With Judge Theodore McKee

March 19, 2021

In this Friday session, Judge Theodore McKee, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss slavery in America from the Constitution to Reconstruction.

Scholar Exchange: Battles for Equality in America: The 14th Amendment (March)

March 22, 2021 - March 26, 2021

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: Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention (April)

April 5, 2021 - April 9, 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.

Scholar Exchange: The Bill of Rights (April)

April 12, 2021 - April 16, 2021

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.

Educator Professional Development: Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels

April 13, 2021

Discover the origins and make global comparisons of Bill of Rights. This workshop models ways teachers can use the Center's Writing Rights interactive resource for students to understand the origins of each amendment in the Bill of Rights through primary source analysis.

Scholar Exchange: AP Court Case Review

April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021

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: Founding Documents

April 26, 2021 - April 30, 2021

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: Fourth Amendment privacy in a digital age, policing in America, search and seizure

May 3, 2021 - May 7, 2021

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 10, 2021 - May 14, 2021

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

Educator Professional Development: The Second Amendment

May 11, 2021

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

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

May 17, 2021 - May 21, 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.

Scholar Exchange: Constitutional Battles of the Branches (May)

May 24, 2021 - May 28, 2021

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

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