Freedom Day: April 13, 2017

Freedom Day is an annual symposium featuring America’s thought leaders from the left and the right, exploring areas of agreement and disagreement about how the Constitution is crucial to the future of freedom. This year, we will explore what James Madison and the framers of the Constitution would think of today’s Presidency, Congress, Courts, and Media, and how we can protect freedom and resurrect Madisonian value of public reason and the rule of law in this polarized time.

Program: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Reception: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Topics to be explored:

  • The Fourth Estate: A Free Press in a "Post Truth" Society
  • The Least Dangerous Branch: The Future of Judicial Independence in a Polarized Age
  • The Broken Branch: Congress and the Constitution
  • The Imperial Presidency vs. the Constitution?
  • Keynote address from Pulitzer Prize winner George F. Will

Our lineup of blockbuster featured speakers includes:

  • Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times
  • Gary Rosen, Editor, WSJ Weekend Review, Wall Street Journal
  • George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist 
  • Susan N. Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC
  • Judge Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Judge R.Guy Cole Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Lee Otis, Senior Vice President and Faculty Division Director, The Federalist Society
  • Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, "The Broken Branch"
  • John Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

This program will launch a new bipartisan national commission: 

A Madisonian Constitution for All. 

To reserve your seats and for ongoing updates on programming, please contact Bianca Cavacini at 215-409-6715, or [email protected].

Celebrate the meaning of freedom and its relevance in modern society

Visitors of all ages can join us to celebrate Freedom Day!

Separation of Powers Show
10 AM & 2 PM, Grand Hall Lobby
This high-energy show explores how our Constitution limits government by separating powers—a truly revolutionary idea! Take part in an educational tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while learning about checks and balances.

Separation of Powers Signers Hall Tour
10:30 AM & 1:30 PM, Signers Hall
Our Educators will guide visitors around the iconic Signers Hall, telling tales of our Founders, and describing the events of the Summer of 1787, and the discussions that lead to our current form of government.    

Meet the Founders: Three Branches of Government
11:30-12:30, Grand Hall Lobby
Meet some famous Founding Fathers who each served in a different branch of government, and ask them about the Separation of Powers in the early years of our nation. 

Flag Etiquette Workshop and Giant Flag Folding Challenge
12:30 PM, Front Lawn
Our knowledgeable education staff will lead workshops showcasing the fascinating history of our American flag, and give visitors tips on how to follow proper flag etiquette. The, visitors will use their new skills to help fold our 20’X30’ flag!

Freedom Day Talkback Wall   
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can respond to the question “What’s your idea to celebrate freedom?” by adding their comments to our giant talkback wall.

Preamble Scramble, Amendment Match-Up, and Craft Activities
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
At activity tables, kids can make arts and craft projects, and solve puzzles. They will race against their friends as they place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order, or match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

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