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

Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?

Professors Menachem Lorberbaum of Penn’s Katz Center and Tel Aviv University, Michael Moreland of Villanova's Charles Widger School of Law, and Suzanne Last Stone of the Cardozo School of Law discuss the development and context of the Constitution to explore its relationship to the Jewish and Christian traditions.

November 21, 2016

The State of Campus Free Speech

In the wake of nationally publicized campus controversies over race and inclusion, Israel-Palestine activism, Title IX and sexual harassment, and other free speech challenges, PEN America convenes a panel discussion with top free expression experts, university faculty, and student activists to discuss and debate the future of free expression at U.S. universities.

November 17, 2016

Debate: Gerrymandering Is Destroying the Political Center

Presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center, Intelligence Squared U.S. presents a debate on the controversial practice of gerrymandering, or dividing election districts.

November 14, 2016

Rethinking America’s Founding

Michael Klarman, Harvard Law Professor and author of The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution, and Patrick Spero, Librarian at the American Philosophical Society and editor of The American Revolution Reborn, discuss their new books, putting a human face on America’s Framers and reassessing the clashes that helped define the Founding era.

November 14, 2016

Analyzing The Media’s Role In The 2016 Election

Todd Brewster of Temple University sat down with Dylan Byers, senior reporter at CNN, David Folkenflik, media correspondent at NPR, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and Bryan Monroe, former editor of and Verizon Chair at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, to discuss the performance of the Fourth Estate in the 2016 presidential election.

November 10, 2016

A Declaration of Life and Liberty

Distinguished speakers come together for a daylong symposium exploring the Declaration’s promise. This program is presented in partnership with the Jack Miller Center.

November 04, 2016

The Supreme Court In Transition

Top legal journalists Robert Barnes, Lincoln Caplan, and Marcia Coyle examine the state of a 4-4 Supreme Court in transition and look forward to the differences between a Clinton Court and a Trump Court.

October 26, 2016

The clash between the President And Congress, 1776 To ISIS

David Barron traces the ongoing struggle between America’s presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war as described in his new book.

October 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump: The Constitutional Stakes

In a special National Constitution Center event, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress discuss how the two leading presidential candidates interpret the Constitution and where they stand on the most important constitutional questions facing America today.

October 11, 2016

Resolved: State Voter ID Laws Are Unconstitutional

A special Traveling Town Hall in Chicago, "Resolved: State Voter ID Laws Are Unconstitutional" features Hans von Spakovsky and Atiba Ellis and is moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, of the National Constitution Center.

October 05, 2016

The Reluctant Statesman: George Mason and the American Tradition of Dissent

George Mason's Gunston Hall and the Center present a special afternoon symposium on George Mason — one of the three dissenters of the Constitution — and the role dissent has played in shaping America.

October 05, 2016

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