Past Programs

Freedom Day 2017

Watch all the video from our Freedom Day 2017 event.

April 15, 2017

100 Years Later: America in World War I

Historians Brian Balogh, professor of history at the University of Virginia, Will Englund, author of "March 1917," and Michael Kazin, author of "War Against War," come together to discuss the impact of the war at home.

April 13, 2017

Timothy Huebner on the Civil War era and American constitutionalism

Timothy Huebner, author of Liberty and Union, provides a reexamination of the Civil War era, exploring how the African American understanding of constitutional equality helped transform a war for the Union into a war for emancipation and equal rights.

February 13, 2017

Should We Amend The Constitution To Impose Term Limits On Congress?

Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Phil Blumel, President, U.S. Term Limits, David Strauss, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, David Super, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center and former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) discuss a term-limits amendment to the Constitution.

February 09, 2017

Centennial Anniversary Of The Mexican Constitution

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Constitution, Mexican and U.S. constitutional experts, including National Constitution Center Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies Tom Donnelly, Universidad de las Américas Puebla Professor Raúl Bringas-Nostti, and others explore the similarities and differences between the two documents.

February 08, 2017

John Adams and the Fear of Aristocracy

Authors Luke Mayville and Richard Alan Ryerson discuss the second president’s most intimate political thoughts.

February 01, 2017

Former Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr.

Donald Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, joined the Constitution Center for an intimate conversation about his time in office and his experiences arguing landmark cases before the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, immigration, and more.

January 23, 2017

President Trump’s First 100 Days And The Constitutional Stakes

President-elect Donald Trump will inherit a nation divided at home and threatened abroad on Friday. Watch Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal, Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, Benjamin Domenech of The Federalist, and Paul Gottfried of Elizabethtown College as they discuss the incoming administration.

January 17, 2017

The Constitution and the Administrative State

Federal judges and scholars explore important historical and constitutional issues related to the administrative state in this special event from the National Constitution Center on January 10, 2017.

January 10, 2017

Video: Bill Of Rights Day Book Festival

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, we presented four live stream video programs related to the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

December 15, 2016

Populism, demagogues, and constitutional democracy

The National Constitution Center hosts an important live discussion about the rising tide of populism and constitutional values, featuring Robert Kagan, Michael Kazin, Nancy Rosenblum, and John Yoo.

December 08, 2016

Call a convention to amend the Constitution?

From the Kaufman Center in New York, Intelligence Squared partnership with the National Constitution Center presents a debate between four experts about the need to call a new Constitutional Convention.

December 07, 2016

Video: is Black Lives Matter The Next Civil Rights Movement?

Randall Kennedy, professor of law at Harvard University, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president emerita of Bennett College, and Errin Haines Whack, urban affairs reporter for the Associated Press, explore the history of Black Lives Matter and its parallels with past civil rights movements.

December 05, 2016

The 14th Amendment’s Shield of National Protection

A distinguished panel at the National Archives discusses how the 14th Amendment enshrined the promise of liberty and equality in our Constitution and look at implications for today’s most important issues, including racial discrimination, guns rights, marriage equality, economic liberty, and gender equality.

December 01, 2016

The Constitutional Legacy Of President Obama

David French and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review, Jonathan Chaitt of New York magazine, National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence Michael Gerhardt, and Michael Days of the Philadelphia Daily News explore the president’s constitutional legacy.

November 30, 2016

Harvard Final Clubs and the First Amendment

Do penalties for students who join single-gender organizations violate core First Amendment values? The Harvard Law School Chapters of the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society welcomed Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, to moderate a debate regarding Harvard University’s announced policy for single-gender social clubs.

November 29, 2016

Robert Strauss: America’s Worst Presidents

Michael Gerhardt, Center scholar-in-residence, and Robert Strauss, author of Worst. President. Ever., offer an enlightening — and highly entertaining — account of James Buchanan’s presidency and explain how historians rank presidents over time.

November 28, 2016

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