Coffee and Conversation: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the First Amendment

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Admission: FREE
Reservations Recommended: Call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Join Professor Thomas Healy as he discusses the fascinating evolution of iconic Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes from free-speech antagonist to First Amendment advocate. Based on newly discovered letters, Healy’s new book The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America reveals the behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to shift Holmes’ perspective—which ultimately altered the course of American jurisprudence and constitutional interpretation. Wendell E. Pritchett, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden facilitates this discussion.

This program includes a book sale and signing.


Event & Parking Information

Advance reservations recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Parking will be available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets on a first come first serve basis. Please be sure to pick up you discounted parking voucher at registration.



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