Constitution Day Events

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Upcoming and Past Constitution Day Events

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
American University
"Free Speech and Common Decency" with Greg Weiner
Scheduled for September 19
Arizona State University
"Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society," a lecture series and conference featuring Jonathan Haidt, Steve Hayward, Robert Post, Jeremy Waldron, Steven Pinker, Senators Jon Kyl and Tom Daschle, and more.
Assumption College
"Free Speech and Constitutional Government" with Harvey Mansfield
September 15
Boston College
"Constitutional Democracy in the Age of Trump" with Russell Muirhead
Scheduled for October 3
Carthage College
"Free Speech and Identity Politics" with Paul Ulrich
Scheduled for October 17
Christopher Newport University
"Free Speech During War and Peace," a debate between John Yoo and Jonathan Turley
September 14
Xavier University
"The First Amendment and Presidential Power in the Social Media Age" with Lachlan Markay
September 18
Claremont Graduate University
"The Making of the Constitution" with Michael Klarman
September 18
University of Dallas
"What Makes Freedom of Religion Different from Freedom of Speech?" with Daniel Burns
September 18
Florida Atlantic University
"Fake News and the First Amendment," with April Ryan
Scheduled for September 19
Georgetown University
"Campaign Finance and Political Speech: A Constitution Day Reconsideration" with Greg Weiner
Scheduled for September 28
College of the Holy Cross
"The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas" with Michael Uhlman
September 15
Kenyon College
"Free Speech and Civil Discourse" with Greg Lukianoff, Alison Stanger, Stanley Fish and others.
Scheduled for September 27-28
Linfield College
"The Ethics of Free Speech" with Jonathan Rauch and Kimberlé Crenshaw
Michigan State University
"Constructing Free Speech: Lessons from the Founding and Why They Matter Today" with George Thomas
Mississippi State University
"Thomas Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty" with John Boles
September 18
Missouri State University
"Free Speech and Thought on College Campuses" with Jim Ceaser
Scheduled for October 19
University of North Texas
"Free Speech Rights and the Sanctuary Cities Movement" with Ramon Romera and Lynn Stucky
September 14
University of Notre Dame
"Flaws in the Constitution? What We Should be Learning about the Constitution Today" with Sanford Levinson
September 18
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Oglethorpe Univeristy
"Positive Freedom of Speech: The Value and the Limits of Libertarianism" with James Stoner
September 15
Ohio University
"Toleration, Free Expression and Liberalism's Origins" with Jeffrey R. Collins
Scheduled for October 12
Oklahoma University
"What is a Constitutional Crisis? (And Are We in One Now?)" with Stephen Vladeck
Scheduled for September 19
Salve Regina University
"Freedom of Speech" with Aurelian Craiutu
St. Ambrose
"Constitution Day Roundtable: Freedom of Speech in History, Philosophy, & Practice" with Joseph Hebert, Ethan Gannaway, Daniel LaCorte, Larry Skillin, Tadd Ruetenik, and Alan Ostergren
September 18
Texas State University
"The Positive Liberty of Speech" with James Stoner
Scheduled for September 19
Villanova University
"Reagan and Constitutionalism" with Henry Olsen
September 14
University of Virginia
“Why We Should Value Campus Free Speech” with Keith Whittington
September 18
Wofford College
"Alexander Hamilton and the Tradition of Intellectual Freedom" with Stephen K. Knott
Scheduled for September 21
University of Miami
As part of a special Constitution Day Initiative program for 2016, the Janus Center partnered with the Jack Miller Center to host a day-long Constitution Day event consisting in two roundtable discussions and a moderated conversation between Professor Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School and Professor Jeffrey Rosen of George Washington University Law School. These discussions engaged with a wide range questions concerning historical and modern interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Like the other 2016 Jack Miller Constitution Day events, the University of Miami event was live-streamed.
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University of Texas, Austin
In an event hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts & Ideas, Professor of History George Forgie delivered a lecture titled "Lincoln and the Constitution in the Civil War." “I would save the Union,” President Lincoln wrote to the New York journalist Horace Greeley during the Civil War. “I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution.” Some of his admirers have said he did exactly that. Some of his detractors have said that he sacrificed the Constitution in order to save the Union—and free the slaves. Forgie's lecture asked the question: what were Lincoln’s priorities? Specifically, how did he situate the Constitution among the many American treasures he said he wanted to preserve? The event was live-streamed.
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Christopher Newport University
Jack Miller Center partner program Center for American Studies hosted a live-streamed debate titled "Cell Phones, Social Media and Civil Rights: The Constitutional Limits of Data Mining." The debate was between Seth Stodder, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration & Trade Policy under President Obama, and David Cole, professor of constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center.
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American University
"Teddy Roosevelt and the Founders' Constitution" with Jean Yarbrough
Assumption College
"James Madison on Religion and Public Opinion" with Jeremy Bailey, Colleen Sheehan and Greg Weiner
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Boise State University
"Barack Obama: Becoming Commander in Chief" with Benjamin Kleinerman
Boston College
"The Constitution in the Extreme Situation: Lincoln, Habeas Corpus and the Rule of Law" with Michael Zuckert
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Brown University
Debate on the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment with Tom Lyon and Richard Friedman
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Carthage College
"The Civil War Amendments" with Eric Pullin
Christopher Newport University
"Is the Current Interpretation of Title IX Constitutional?" with Christina Hoff Sommers and Erin E. Buzuvis
Claremont McKenna College
"Building America: Constitutions and Foundations" with Susan McWilliams
Columbia University
"The Rise of Democracy in America" with James Kloppenberg
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DePaul University
Debate on American Exceptionalism with James Ceaser and Alberto Coll
Duke University
"Lincoln and the Constitution" with Louis Masur
Emory University
"The Founders' View of Religious Liberty" with Phillip Munoz
Florida Atlantic University
"Women and the Constitution"
George Fox University
"William Penn and the Origins of the American Constitution" with Jane E. Calvert
Holy Cross
"James Madison on Religion and Public Opinion: Civic Conversation with America's Constitutional Author" with Jeremy Bailey, Colleen Sheehan and Greg Weiner
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University of Houston
"Character and Constitution in Jefferson's Thought" with Stephen Wirls
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
"Categorical Confusion and the Supreme Court's "Takings" Cases" with Harold Krent and Sarah Harding
Kenyon College
"The Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" with Radley Balko
Lake Forest College
"The Futures of Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty" with the Freedom Institute and ACLU panel
Linfield College
"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic" with Matthew Stewart
Louisiana State University
"The Founders' Constitution and Contemporary Constitutional Law after Obergefell" with Murray Dry
Mercer University
"Does the U.S. Constitution Embody the Natural Rights Doctrine of the Declaration of Independence?"
Michigan State University
"Mandatory Minimums in Constitutional Perspective"
Middlebury College
"Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" with Charles Hill and Norma Thompson
Missouri State University
"Character and Constitution in Jefferson's Thought" with Stephen Wirls
University of Montana
Essay Contest and Constitution Reading Group
Northwestern University
"The Federalist Society's Constitution" with Amanda Hollis-Brusky
Northwood University
"Creating America's Constitutional Culture" with James Ceaser
University of Notre Dame
"Race and the Constitution" with Leslie Goldstein
Oglethorpe University
"The Constitution and Religious Pluralism" with Joseph Knippenberg and Matthew Tuininga
Ohio University
"Cyber-terrorism and the Law" with Jack Goldschmidt
Pomona College
"Attacking ISIS: an Assault on the Constitution?" with David Glazier
Rhodes College
"Constitutional Interpretation" with Justice Antonin Scalia
Roosevelt University
"The Magna Carta and the Idea of Due Process" with Chief Judge Diane Wood
Texas State University
"It's Only a Supreme Court" with Gregory Weiner
University of Oklahoma
"The Men Who Lost America" with Andrew O'Shaughnessy
University of North Texas
"The Futures of Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty" with the Freedom Institute and ACLU panel
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
"Says Who? The Role of Expertise in a Democracy" with Wilfred McClay
University of Texas, Austin
"Romanticism's Challenge to the Political Philosophy of The Federalist" with Jonathan Koefoed
University of Virginia
"The Myth of Gridlock and the Flawed Case for Constitutional Revision" with Shep Melnick
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Constitution and You"
Villanova University
"Does the Constitution Shape the Nation's Character?" with Paul Rahe
Weber State University
"The Danger to Free Speech" with Kirsten Powers
Wofford College
"Pacificus and Helvidius Today: The Constitution and U.S. Foreign Policy" with David Clinton
Yale University
"The Idea of a National University and the Constitution of the American Mind" with George Thomas
Assumption College
"The US Constitution and American National Greatness" with James W. Ceaser
Boise State University
"6th Constitution Day" with Daniel Mahoney
Boston College
William Galston
Brown University
"The Constitution and Same-Sex Marriage" with William Eskridge and Michael Paulsen
Carthage College
"The Constitutional Legacy of Abraham Lincoln" with Jason Jividen
Christopher Newport University
"Have We Achieved Equal Protection? Gender Equality and the Pay Gap" with Claudia Goldin, Carrie Lukas
City College of New York
"Tocqueville and American Constitutionalism" with James W. Ceaser
Claremont McKenna College
"Jefferson's Revolutionary Constitutionalism" with Jeremy Bailey
Columbia University
"The Constitution and Criminal Justice" with Robert Ferguson, Benjamin Rosenberg, and Cathleen Price
DePaul University
"What are the constitutional powers of the president to use military force?": A debate between John Yoo and Alberto Coll
Duke University
"The Making of the Constitution" with Gordon Wood
Emory University
"Religious Freedom and the Constitution" with Robert George
Florida Atlantic University
"Political Free Speech: Citizens and the Constitution" with Hon. Dave Aronber
Harvard University
"The Constitution and Political Parties" with J. Russel Muirhead
Holy Cross
"The Constitution and Racial Minorities" with Leslie Goldstein
IIT-Chicago, Kent
"The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution" with Sonja West and RonNell Anderson
Kenyon College
"Protecting Constitutional Rights and the War on Terror" with Benjamin Wittes
Linfield College
"How Do We Know What the Constitution Means?" with Jack Rakove
Mercer University
"Constitution Day 2014: The Classical Roots of American Constitutionalism" with Carl Richard
Michigan State University
"Liberty, Justice, and Constitutionalism" with Jon Tomasi, Peter Boettke, Steve Kautz, and Folke Lindahl
Middlebury College
"Constitutional Surprises: What James Madison Got Wrong" with William Galston
Missouri State University
"Benjamin Franklin on Self-Education and Self-Government" with John Zumbrunnen
University of Mississippi
“A New Light for the Old World: The American Constitution in France in 1789” with Aurelian Craitu
University of Montana
Faculty-Student Discussions on the Constitution; Essay Contest with Robert Saldin and Patrick Peel
Northwestern University
"Ideological Origins of American Federalism" with Alison Lacroix
University of Notre Dame
"Tocquevillian Political Science" with James W. Ceaser
Ohio University
"The Constitution and Same-Sex Marriage" with Robert George
University of Oklahoma
"The American Founders and Mixed Government Theory" with Carl Richard
Rhodes College
"Dissent and The Constitution: The Role of Supreme Court Dissenting Opinions in Our Ongoing Constitutional Conversation" with Melvin Urofsky
Roosevelt University
“Every Man’s Constitution? The truth about the New Deal as told through its most important case" with Amity Shlaes
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
"The Constitution and American Culture" with Michael Federici
University of Texas, Austin
“The Soul of Man Under Federalism” with Wilfred McClay
University of Virginia
"The War on Drugs and the Constitution" with John Walters
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The U.S. Constitution: Perspectives from Three Disciplines"
Villanova University
"Citizens or Exiles? Catholics and the Constitution" with James Stoner
Weber State University
"Debating Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution" with William Duncan and Clifford Roskey
Wofford College
"National Security and the Constitution" with Thomas Karako
Yale University
"Liberal Education and the Constitution" with Michael Roth
Arizona State University
"The Constitution: Why the Left and the Right Talk Past One Another" with Gerard Alexander
Assumption College
"What Would the Founders Think? Obama Care in the Sweep of History" with James Morone
Boise State University
"A Color-Blind Constitution?" with Peter Myers
Boston College
"Progressivism and the Constitution" with Jean Yarbrough
Brown University
"Affirmative Action: Should Universities Consider Race in Admission?" with Stuart Taylor and Randall Kennedy
Carthage College
"The Influence of Greek Political Thought on the Constitution" with John Zumbrunnen
Christopher Newport University
"The Limits of Executive Power: Is the NSA's Domestic Surveillance Constitutional?" with Eric Posner and David Cole
City College of New York
A Lecture on Alexander Hamilton
Claremont Graduate University
"The Constitution and Separation of Church and State" with Philip Hamburger
Columbia University
"Charles Beard at 100: On the Economic Interpretation of the Constitution" with Eric Foner
Duke University
"Slavery and the Constitution" with Michael Zuckert
Emory University
"Lincoln and the Constitution at War"
Florida Atlantic University
"What does the First Amendment mean in the age of social media?"
College of the Holy Cross
"The Genius of the Constitution" with Michael Greve
IIT Chicago, Kent
"The Gay Marriage Cases"
Illinois Institute of Technology
"Privacy and the Constitution" with Lawrence Lessig
Kenyon College
"The Enduring Importance of the Constitution" with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French
Lake Forest College
"National Security Law and the Constitution"
Linfield College
"National Security Law and the Constitution" with Elizabeth Hillman
Mercer University
"Religion and the Founding" with Philip Muñoz
Michigan State University
"Civil Rights and the Constitution" with Michael Lawrence
Middlebury College
"The Constitution and National Greatness" with James Ceaser
University of Mississippi
"Tocqueville’s Moment and Our Own" Wilfred McCLay
Rhodes College
"The Making of the Constitution" with Gordon Wood
Roosevelt University
"A Dream Deeply Rooted in the American Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Great Speech Revisited" with Peter Myers
University of California, Los Angeles
Lecture by Eugene Volokh
University of Notre Dame
"The New Gods of the Public Square" with William McGurn
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
"Christian and Classical Origins of the American Founding" with Brad Birzer
University of Texas, Austin
"Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Challenge to the Constitution" with Jean Yarbrough
University of Virginia
"George Washington and the Constitutional Presidency" with Michael Nelson
University of Wisconsin
"The Constitution and the American Economy" with Colleen Dunlavy and Stephen Durlauf
Villanova University
"Marriage, the Courts, and the Constitution" with John Eastman
Weber State
"Freedom and Civil Society" with Utah Senator Mike Lee
Wofford College
"Rival interpretations of the Constitution among Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court" with South Carolina Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones
Yale University
"The Declaration of Independence" with Danielle Allen
Assumption College
"Taking Federalism Seriously" with Marc Landy
Boise State University
Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism with Charles Kesler
Boston College
The Upside Down Constitution with Michael Greve
Brown University
Electronic Violations? The Evolution of Search and Seizure with Michael Dreeben, Jeffrey Rosen
Carthage College
The First Amendment with Donald Downs
Christopher Newport University
Did the Court Get it Right? Debate on Health Care and the Constitution with Daniel Ortiz, Ilya Sorin
City College of New York
The Strange History of the U.S. Bill of Rights with Pauline Maier
Claremont McKenna College
Lincoln's Constitutional Leadership with Steven Smith
Columbia University
Race and the Constitution with Judge Joseph Greenaway, Joanne Freeman
DePaul University
The Constitution and Foreign Policy with Alberto Coll
Duke University
The First Amendment and Freedom of Speech with John Hasnas, Michael Munger, Joseph Blocher, Ellen Mickiewicz
Emory University
The Constitution and Federalism with Michael Greve
Florida Atlantic University
How Privacy Became a Constitutional Right with Dr. Anita Allen
Houghton College
International Law: Does it Override the U.S. Constitution with Jeremy Rabkin
IIT-Chicago, Kent
The Tough Luck Constitution and the fight over Health Care Reform with Andrew Koppelman
Kenyon College
The Tea Party and our Constitutional Institutions with Zachary Space
Lake Forest College
Teaching Constitutionalism with Evan Oxman
Linfield College
Debating Constitutionalism with Nicholas Buccola
Louisiana Tech
Contemporary Relevance of the Constitution with James Ceaser
Mercer University
James Madison on Citizenship and Statesmanship with Colleen Sheehan
Michigan State University
The Constitution and the Civil War with Jonathan White, James Read
Middlebury College
The Affordable Health Care Act decision with James Stoner
Mississippi State University
William Seward, the South, and the Constitution with Walter B. Stahr
Mount St. Mary's University
Ratifying the Constitution with William Kaufmann
Northwood University
The Constitutional Leadership of George Washington with Jeff Morrison
Rhodes College
How a Constitution of Limited Powers Protects Democracy from Itself with James Capretta
Roosevelt University
The Federalist Papers with David Lieberman
St. Ambrose University
Slavery and the American Constitution with Justin B. Dyer
University of California, Los Angeles
The Constitution and Political Polarization with Richard Hasen
University of Houston
Religion, Republicanism and Emergency Power with Gary Jacobsohn
University of Mississippi
The American Founders and the Problem of Wisdom with Scott Yenor
University of Notre Dame
Obamacare and the Supreme Court with Barry Cushman
St. Francis
Executive Power in the Constitution with John O’Neill
University of Tennessee
The Ties that Bind: What We Feel for our Constitution with James Ceaser
University of Texas, Austin
Completing the Constitution: The Fourteenth Amendment with Michael Zuckert
University of Virginia
The Constitution and Same-Sex Marriage with Murray Dry
University of West Florida
Does Jefferson Still Survive After Reapportionment? with Keith Gaddie
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Electoral Politics and the American Constitution with John Zumbrunnen
Villanova University
The Founders’ Use of Shakespearian Imagery with John Paul Spiro
Wofford College
Reforming Congress: A Constitutional Perspective with David Nichols
Assumption College
Politics of the Constitution with Benjamin Kleinerman and Jeremy Bailey
Boise State University
The State of Our Federalism with Michael Greve
Brown University
The Constitutionality of the Healthcare Mandate with Randy Barnett, Charles Fried
Carthage College
The Debate on the Constitution with Eugene Kaminski
Claremont Graduate University
Christopher Newport University
The War Powers and the Constitution with Robert Kagan
DePaul University
Debate on Executive Power with John Yoo, Alberto Coll
Duke University
Ratification of the Constitution with Pauline Maier
Emory University
The 14th Amendment with Michael Zuckert
Chicago-Kent School of Law
Supreme Court Justices on the Constitution with Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia
Lake Forest College
Linfield College
Politics of the Constitution
Loyola University, Chicago
The Scottish Enlightenment and Constitutionalism with James Moore
Michigan State University
The Constitution Ten Years after 9/11 with Jeffrey Tulis
Northwood University
The Jurisprudence of John Marshall with Jeffrey Polet
University of Notre Dame
What Exactly Should We Celebrate on Constitution Day? with Sotirios Barber
University of California, Los Angeles
American Constitutionalism with Charles Kesler
University of Arizon
Concert in celebration of the Constitution
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
The Greatest Generations with Josiah Bunting
University of Virginia
Wofford College
The Mind of the Founding Generation with Gordon Wood