Freedom Day: April 13, 2017

Featuring Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center, in conversation with Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society and Lee Liberman Otis, Senior Vice President, Federalist Society, Honorary Co-Chairs: A Madisonian Constitution for All


Featuring Dafna Linzer, Managing Editor, Politics, NBC News & MSNBC; Gary Rosen, Editor, Weekend Review, Wall Street Journal; Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times.
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center


Featuring Judge Ransey Guy Cole, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Moderator: Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C.


Featuring Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director, Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, The Aspen Institute; Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Co-author, "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How To Get It Back On Track."
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center


Featuring John Harrison, James Madison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Susan Herman, President, ACLU; John Malcolm, Director Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation.
Moderator: Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO, National Constitution Center


Keynote Address: The Madisonian Constitution and the Future of Freedom
George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist






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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