Our Constitution: Its Origins and Its Future
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October 18: Background
October 25: Foundation of Our System
November 1: The Bill of Rights and the Expansion of Individual Liberties
November 8: Later Amendments and How the Supreme Court Has Shaped Our Modern Understanding of What the Constitution Means
The U.S. Constitution is the fundamental document of our nation’s political system and the ultimate arbiter of our legal disputes. Yet we Americans do not agree on the very nature of its meaning to us. Is it a text that must be interpreted based on the original understanding at the time it was adopted? Or should it be viewed as a living document that must evolve and adapt to suit the needs of our ever-changing American society?
Join Janet Woolman, longtime history educator, for a new look at the Constitution—what is its historical background and what is its future for our contentious, divided society?
This Tuesday with a Scholar miniseries is presented in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota and funded with money from the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries.