Constitution Day

Constitution Day

In service of Constitution Day 2017, the Jack Miller Center presents a forum for teachers and students to explore this year's constitutional theme: Freedom of Speech.

In 2004, Congress mandated that all federally-funded schools hold educational programs in observance of Constitution Day, September 17. Each year, the Jack Miller Center partners with professors and colleges to help fulfill this mandate, engaging students across the country in the role and meaning of the Constitution. We invite you to explore our new online forum devoted to our Constitution Day Initiative’s theme for 2017, Freedom of Speech.

Freedom of Speech Resources
Since its founding, the Jack Miller Center has promoted the serious study of the Constitution. We are now launching an online resource center devoted this year to the constitutional theme of Freedom of Speech. Explore the history, law, and theory of the freedom of speech and press clauses of the First Amendment. This center is designed to be useful to high school students, college students, educators, and scholars alike.
Explore Freedom of Speech
Constitution Day Events
In addition to providing other resources, our Constitution Day Initiative supports events on campuses, enabling thousands of college students to examine constitutional questions with renowned experts and policy-makers. Students have participated in discussions on constitutional issues from 1787 to the present with US Supreme Court Justices, other prominent legal scholars, as well as leading historians and political scientists.
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A Constitution Day Conversation
This year, the Jack Miller Center presents for the first time a series of essays by JMC fellows on this year’s theme, Freedom of Speech. Professor James Stoner of Louisiana State University argues in the lead essay that freedom of speech, qualified by certain common-sense limits, is necessary for the flourishing of diverse identity groups in a single society. Three other JMC fellows will respond to Professor Stoner's argument.
See the Conversation in Progress

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom—and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.

Benjamin Franklin
1722