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On this day – New York City chosen as 1st federal Capital of the USA

On September 13, 1788, Congress chose New York City as the first federal capital of the United States. Prior to government under the new Constitution, capitals had changed frequently, with congress meeting in locales such as Princeton, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. New York City was chosen after much heated debate, and only as a temporary capital […]

Catholic University of America “The Constitution on Campus” with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, September 13th at 12:30 p.m.

"The Constitution on Campus" Speaker: Elizabeth Kaufer Busch Date: September 13th at 12:30 p.m. Join the IHE for the Third Annual Constitution Day Lecture. The lecture will focus on the importance of the Constitution on college and university campuses and will consider the implications of constitutional law for educational institutions today. Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch […]

Belmont Abbey College “Rome and the Republic: Catholics and the Constitution” with Dr. Jerome Foss, Dr. Shaun Rieley, and Dr. Joseph Wysocki, September 14 at 7pm

A Constitution Day Conversation with Dr. Jerome Foss, Dr. Shaun Rieley, and Dr. Joseph Wysocki Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Location: Belmont House, 314 Independence Ave. Washington, DC 20003 In contemporary society, it’s more important than ever to honor and celebrate our roots as a Democratic Republic. As questions of religious and civil liberty […]

Bethel University “Three Myths about Constitutional Interpretation” with Michael S. Paulsen, September 14 at 7 p.m.

Three Myths about Constitutional Interpretation  Speaker: Michael D. Paulsen of University of St. Thomas Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 7:00 to  9:00 p.m. Location: Eastlund Room, Lundquist Community Life Center, Bethel University Prof. Michael S. Paulsen gave a public lecture on the common yet consequential myths about the U.S. Constitution and its historical interpretation. Paulsen is Distinguished […]

University of Tennessee, Chattanooga “Religious Freedom, Economic Freedom, and the Constitution” with Anne Rathbone Bradley and Kody Cooper, September 14

Twelfth Annual Dr. Richard Gruetzemacher Constitution Day Lecture Series “A Symposium: Religious Freedom, Economic Freedom, and the Constitution” Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. Location: UTC University Center Auditorium The general public, the UTC community, and educators and students from a variety of schools and colleges in the region are cordially invited […]

Museum of the American Revolution: “State Constitutions-Palooza Weekend” with Various Activities, September 17-18

State Constitutions Palooza September 17-18, 2022 Click here to register or learn more>> State constitutions have been in the news lately, but it’s not the first time they’ve been center stage. Since the nation’s founding, state constitutions have been a testing ground for democracy, featuring radical experimentation, careful conservatism, and everything in between. But with […]

Bipartisan Policy Center “Dialogue Across Difference: Students Bridge Divides” with Student Panel, September 15 at 9am

Constitution Day annually celebrates America’s founding principles of liberty, equality, and self-governance. Our democracy can only flourish when its citizens are informed and engaged, capable of thinking for themselves and participating in respectful debate. But ideological intolerance has placed higher education squarely in the middle of the nation’s culture wars. Fear of the supercharged social […]

Coastal Carolina University “The Beloved Community & American Democracy” with Bakari Sellers, September 15 at 5:30 p.m.

"The Beloved Community & American Democracy" Speaker: Bakari Sellers Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 5:30 Location: Wheelwright Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University This Constitution Day event features former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (90th district), attorney, lobbyist, and political commentator Bakari Sellers. Upon his first election at age 22, Mr. Sellers was […]

Florida Atlantic University “Courts, the 1st Amendment, Civil Discourse” with Daphne Duret, Dahlia Lithwick, and Luzmarina Garcia, September 15 at 2 p.m.

Courts, the 1st Amendment and Civil Discourse Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University Panelists: Daphne Duret of the USA Today Network; Dahlia Lithwick an Award Winning Court's Journalist; and Luzmarina Garcia a Professor of Courts & Law Moderator: Kevin Wagner, Chair of the Department of Political Science […]

The Institute of World Politics “Civic Virtue and the Constitution” with Geoffrey Vaughan, September 15 at 4:30pm

The Institute of World Politics presents: "Civic Virtue and the Constitution" Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022; 4:30-6:30 PM Location: The Institution of World Politics, 1521 16th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036 Speaker: Geoffrey Vaughan, Professor of Political Science at Assumption University and Visiting Fellow James Madison at the Program for American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton […]

University of Portland: “Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights” with Ofer Raban, September 15 at 5 p.m.

Silent Prologue: How Judicial Philosophies Shape Our Constitutional Rights Speaker: Ofer Raban of the University of Oregon School of Law Date: Thursday, September 15th at 5 p.m. Location: University of Portland Be a good American citizen and join us for the annual Constitution Day Event on Thursday, September 15, at 5 p.m. in D-B 004! […]

American University “Is Patriotism Worth Preserving?” with Steven B. Smith on September 15 at 5:30 p.m.

“Is Patriotism Worth Preserving?” Speaker: Steven B. Smith of Yale University Discussant: In conversation with Sarah Houser Date: Thursday, September 15th, 5:30-7:00 pm ET Location: Live on Zoom Steven B. Smith is the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he has taught since 1984. He is also Co-Director of Yale’s Center for the […]

Rhodes College “Why we need the Constitution and the Constitution needs us” with W. Taylor Reveley III, September 15 at 6 p.m.

 "Why we need the Constitution and the Constitution needs us" Speaker: W. Taylor Reveley III Date:Thursday, September 15 at 6 p.m. Location: Buckman Hall, Rhodes College W. Taylor Reveley III will deliver Rhodes College’s annual Constitution Day lecture on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall. The title of the talk is […]

Black Hills State University “Restoring the Constitutional Republic: How to End the Zero Sum Game of Politics” with Scott Odenbach, September 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Restoring the Constitutional Republic: How to End the Zero Sum Game of Politics Speaker: Representative Scott Odenbach Date: September 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Location: The Joy Center, Black Hills State University The event is free and open to the public. The evening will feature a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. at The Joy Center from Representative […]

Great Lakes Christian College “A Bargain with the Devil? Frederick Douglass, Slavery, and the U.S. Constitution” with Raul Rodriguez, September 16

A Bargain with the Devil? Frederick Douglass, Slavery, and the U.S. Constitution Speaker: Raul G. Rodriguez of Michigan State University Date: Friday, September 16, 2022 Location: Great Lakes Christian College How should a believer think about the American Constitution, particularly with regard to its seeming accommodation of the historical injustice of slavery? This is the […]

Northwest Nazarene University “Civil Religion and Nationalism in U.S. Politics and Culture” with John Wilsey, September 16

"Civil Religion and Nationalism in U.S. Politics and Culture" Lecture and Question/Answer Session Date: Friday, September 16th at 6:30pm Speaker: Dr. John Wilsey Dr. Wilsey is an Associate Professor of Church History and Philosophy at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he has published on issues relating to religion, politics, and the American founding

American Philosophical Society: “Electing the President: The Debates on the Electoral College at the Constitutional Convention of 1787” and “A Walking Tour of the Constitution in Old City” with Warren Hofstra, Mohammad Obeid, and Kevin Hardwick, September 16-17

The American Philosophical Society will be hosting a Virtual Reality Constitutional Convention Event and Lunch on September 16th at 10am and a Constitution Constitutional: A Walking Tour of the Constitution in Old City on September 16 at 1:30pm. and the 17th at 11:00am. Click here to learn more>> "Electing the President: The Debates on the Electoral […]

Oglethorpe University “Constitutionalism and the Constitution Between Populism and Cosmopolitanism” with Khalil Habib, Sara Henary, and Benjamin Gross, September 16

Constitutionalism and the Constitution Between Populism and Cosmopolitanism Speakers: Ben Gross, Sara Henary, & J. David Alvis Date: Friday, September 16th at 1 p.m. , 2 p.m., & 4 p.m. Location: Conant Performing Arts Center Oglethrope University has convened three distinguished scholars to discuss the place of the Constitution and constitutionalism in contemporary political discourse and […]

Biola University “Justice Clarence Thomas’s Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration” with Dr. Ralph Rossum, September 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Justice Clarence Thomas’s Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration Speaker: Dr. Ralph Russom Date: Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Location: Kim Dining Room, Biola University In celebration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, Torrey Honors College and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are hosting Biola University's official Constitution Day event on Friday, September 16th.  Dr. Ralph Rossum (Claremont McKenna College […]

Bellarmine University “Constraining Leviathan: Ideology and Constitutional Political Economy” with Abigail R. Hall Blanco, September 16 at 3pm

Constitution Symposium’s Constitution Day Lecture Lecturer: Abigail R. Hall Blanco, Associate Professor of Economics at University of Tampa Title: “Constraining Leviathan: Ideology and Constitutional Political Economy” Date: Friday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m. Location: Small Science Theater (Pasteur 102), Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205 How can government be both empowered and constrained?  This is the central question […]

Providence College “The Great Debate: James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley on Slavery and the American Dream,” September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

On September 16, 2022, the Frederick Douglass Project at Providence College will hold a screening and discussion of the famed 1965 Cambridge University debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, "Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the American Negro?”: “Has the American Dream been achieved at the expense of the […]

Xavier University “Constitution Day Colloquium” with Dr. Melissa Matthes & Xavier Faculty , September 16th and 17th

CONSTITUTION DAY COLLOQUIUM To commemorate the 233rd anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution, Xavier University is hosting a two-day Constitution Day Colloquium. The event, which takes place on Sept. 17 and 18, 2021, brings students and faculty together to engage in detailed readings and discussion on the Founders' ideas and their relevance to the […]

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Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution. Over the next months, it would undergo the ratification process (requiring approval from at least 9 states). 📜📜📜 Did you know? Although Independence Day and Presidents’ Day were marked as such for many years, it […]

Washington College “We the People – Our U.S. Constitution” with the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture, September 17 at 11 a.m.

"We the People - Our U.S. Constitution" Date: Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Courthouse Lawn, 11 N. Washington St., Easton, Maryland 21601 Hosted by: The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College The Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College works to help strengthen the Constitutional […]

University of Alaska – Anchorage “Two Tragedies: A Trial Lawyer’s Views on the Fourteenth Amendment, the KKK Act, and Rights Long Denied” with Bryan Dawson, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. AKDT

Two Tragedies: A Trial Lawyer’s Views on the Fourteenth Amendment, the KKK Act, and Rights Long Denied Date: Saturday, September 17th at 7:30 p.m. AKDT Speaker: Bryan Dawson Location: Conoco Phillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB), University of Alaska, Anchorage Forrest A. Nabors and students and faculty in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at […]

University of Nevada, Las Vegas “Class and Race in the United States Constitution” with Timothy Burns, September 19 at 4pm

"Class and Race in the United States Constitution" Lecturer: Professor Timothy Burns of Baylor University Date: Monday, September 19th at 4:00 p.m. Professor Timothy Burns of Baylor University will give a talk to celebrate Constitution Day (which is actually September 17). Recent debates over the United States Constitution center on the intention of the founders […]

Arizona State University: “1776 and Us: Finding the Founding in a Foundering Democracy” with Jane Kamensky, September 19

From the very beginning, the history and study of the American Revolution has been bound up with the national identity of the United States, and thus with the country’s present needs. In recent years, the competing imperatives of activists and journalists at both edges of our ideological spectrum have produced warring narratives of the American […]

Rochester Institute of Technology “Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream” with Nicholas Buccola on September 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream Speaker: Nicholas Buccola of Linfield University Date: Monday, September 19th, 2022 at 5:30 Location: Stan McKenzie Commons, Rochester Institute of Technology We have a very exciting event coming up Monday, September 19 at 5:30 for our Annual Constitution Day lecture. We're […]

St. Mary’s College of California “A Constitutional Symposium: Religious Liberty and LGBTQ+ Rights” with Elizabeth Clark, Robin Fretwell Wilson, and Kyle Velte, September 19 at 7:30-9:00pm

A Constitutional Symposium: Religious Liberty and LGBTQ+ Rights Date: Monday, September 19, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. Description: There is currently a serious Constitutional debate about religious liberty and equality in the controversy over […]

Benedictine College “Charter of Unity: Can the Constitution Still Hold Us Together?” with Yuval Levin, September 20 at 4pm

Charter of Unity: Can the Constitution Still Hold Us Together? Speaker: Yuval Levin Date: Tuesday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m. Location: Ferrell Academic Center, Benedictine College As the nation commemorates the 235th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, one of the most important government documents in history, the Center for Constitutional Liberty at […]

Clemson University: “Slavery and the Constitution” with Michael Zuckert, September 20th at 5:30 p.m.

"Slavery and the Constitution" Speaker: Michael Zuckert of University of Notre Dame Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Hardin Hall 100, Clemson University The Lyceum Lecture Series hosted Dr. Michael Zuckert on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:30-6:30 PM. Dr. Zuckert presented "Slavery and the Constitution." Lyceum Lectures are hosted by […]

Jacksonville State University “Restoring the Constitutional Integrity of Title IX” with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Restoring the Constitutional Integrity of Title IX Lecturer: Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch of Christopher Newport University Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 5:30-7:00 p.m. CDT This presentation focuses on the need to align all laws with the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. Using Title IX as the case study, this presentation frames Title IX’s history as […]

University of Nebraska – Omaha “The Supreme Court Today” with Derek Webb, September 22

Event: "The Supreme Court Today" Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 10am Location: Milo Bali Student Center, 201 - Nebraska Room,  6203 University Dr N, Omaha, NE 68182 This event will be presented by Derek Webb, a Senior Managing Associate at Sidley Austin, LLP in their Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group and the Dean's Visiting Scholar at […]

University of Wisconsin – Madison “Lincoln, the Founding, and an America Worth Saving” with Lucas Morel, September 22 at 12:00 p.m.

Lincoln, the Founding, and an America Worth Saving Speaker: Lucas Morel Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022, noon Location: 3260 UW Law School About the Event “Lincoln, the Founding, and an America Worth Saving” argues that the most important influence on Lincoln’s political thought and practice is what he learned from the Declaration of Independence and […]

Christopher Newport University “The Constitution on Campus” September 22, 1:30 & 3:00pm

The Constitution on Campus  Center for American Studies Annual Conference and 15-year Anniversary Celebration Events will take place in Gaines Theater unless otherwise noted. These JMC-sponsored events are part of a conference on the Constitution on Campus and Beyond at the Center for American Studies. JMC Sponsored Events include: Date: September 22nd at 1:30 - […]

Villanova University “James Madison and the Constitution: Sometimes America is Hard to Find” with Colleen Sheehan, September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

James Madison and the Constitution: Sometimes America is Hard to Find Speaker: Dr. Colleen Sheehan Date: Thursday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. Location: Driscoll Hall 134, Villanova University You are invited to join the Matthew J. Ryan Center for our Fall 2022 Constitution Day address on, “James Madison and the Constitution: Sometimes America is Hard […]

Texas State University “Religious Freedom, Natural Rights, and Our Forgotten Principles of Constitutional Liberty” with Vincent Phillip Muñoz, September 22

  Religious Freedom, Natural Rights, And Our Forgotten Principles Of Constitutional Liberty Date: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 7 p.m. Location: Alkek 250, Alkek Library, Texas State University What did freedom of religion mean to the Founding Fathers? Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz contends that the principles which informed the Founder’s understanding of “freedom” are largely absent […]

Tufts: Hobbes’s Thucydides: The Plague Narrative

On September 23, 2022, the Tufts Program in Political Thought at Tufts University will be hosting Kinch Hoekstra for a lecture on Hobbes and Thucydides. Friday, September 23, 2022 • 12:00 PM EDT Tisch Library, Special Collections, Room 103 • Tufts University Click here to learn more >>     Kinch Hoekstra is the Chancellor's […]

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On September 24, 1906, Devil’s Tower was established as a national monument

On September 24, 1906, Devil’s Tower in Wyoming was established as a national monument. An eye-catching geologic protrusion near the Black Hills, its formation dates back to the Triassic Period, 225-195 million years ago (!) ⛰⛰⛰ The monument is considered sacred by local Native American tribes, who have passed down its legends from generation to […]

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On September 26, 1774, Johnny Appleseed born in Leominster, Massachusetts

  On September 26, 1774, American folk legend Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts as John Chapman. Chapman was instrumental in easing settlers’ movement west. Contrary to popular belief, his apple seeds and orchards didn’t provide fruit so much as alcoholic cider, an essential drink at the 19th century American’s table. 🍎🍺🍏🍺🍎🍺 Did you […]

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs: “The Crisis Presidency” with Benjamin Kleinerman at 4:30pm

The Crisis Presidency  Speaker: Benjamin Kleinerman Date: Monday, September 26, 2022 4:30-5:30 pm Location: Kettle Creek Room, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Benjamin Kleinerman is a Professor of Political Science at Baylor University. He serves as chair of the American Political Thought section of the American Political Science Association. His first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise […]

St. Olaf College “Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream” with Nicholas Buccola, September 26 at 7pm

Who are We, the People? James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream Lecturer: Nicholas Buccola Date: Monday, September 26 at 7p.m. Location: Viking theater; St. Olaf College In this talk, Nicholas Buccola will use the Constitution's Preamble as a way into an examination of decades-long debate between James Baldwin and William F. […]

Tufts University “Why We are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment” with Benjamin Storey, Jenna Storey, and Jonathan Silver, September 28

On September 28, 2022, the Tufts Program in Political Thought at Tufts University will be hosting fellow Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey for a virtual discussion of their recent book, Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment. Wednesday, September 28, 2022 • 12:00 PM EDT Zoom • Tufts University Click here […]

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On September 30, 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was first published

On September 30, 1868, the first volume of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was published. The novel, centering on a family of four girls whose father was away in the Civil War, was hugely popular from the start. 154 years later, it’s still a children’s classic, beloved for its themes of perseverance and family. 👩‍🦰👩‍🦰👩👧 […]

Harvard: Whig Improvement and Constitutional Conservation

On September 30, 2022, Harvard University's Program on Constitutional Government will host JMC faculty partner Greg Weiner for a lecture on Whig political thought and conserving the Constitution. Friday, September 30, 2022 • 12:00 PM EDT CGIS North (Knafel), Room K-354 • Harvard University RSVP to attend: pcg@gov.harvard.edu Andy Zwick, Executive Director     Greg […]

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On this day in 1908, Ford’s Model T went on sale for the first time

On this day in 1908, Ford’s Model T went on sale for the first time. One of the first mass-production vehicles, the Model T is generally considered the first affordable automobile made for use by the general populace. Though modern cars existed long before the Model T, they were not particularly accessible to ordinary people. […]

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On October 1, 1832, First Lady Caroline Harrison born in Oxford, Ohio

On October 1, 1832, First Lady Caroline Harrison was born in Oxford, Ohio. As First Lady, Harrison’s philanthropic efforts focused on women’s causes – she notably raised funds for Johns Hopkins medical school on the condition that it admit women. Caroline also had a love for history, music, dancing, and the arts. A music teacher, […]

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October is National Seafood Month!

October is National Seafood Month! The American seafood industry has been honored by Congress with this distinction for the past 30 years. It has operated for much longer of course, with both Native Americans and early settlers taking advantage of abundant fishing along the East Coast. 🦀🐟🦪🍤 Did you know? Though we view lobster as a […]

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On October 2, 1968, Redwood National and State Parks were established

On October 2, 1968, Redwood National and State Parks were established in California. Coast redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, reaching heights of over 350 feet! These protected areas are home to the tallest tree in the world, the Hyperion, which is nearly 380 feet tall. 🌲🌲🌲 Did you know? Despite their enormous size, […]

Samford University “Tocqueville, Law, and the Priests of Democracy” with Richard Avramenko, October 3 at 6:30

Tocqueville, Law and the High Priests of Democracy Speaker: Richard Avramenko of the University of Wisconsin Date: Monday, October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Location: Regions Community Resource Room: BSOB 400 at Cooney Hall, Samford University Why is democracy important? Why has Americafought so hard to preserve its constitution andgovernment? On Monday, Oct. 3, Samford University's Colloquium […]

University of Nebraska-Omaha: Freedom from Religion or Freedom for Religion: Rethinking the First Amendment’s Protection for Religious Liberty

On October 6, 2022, the Constitutional Studies Forum at the University of Nebraska-Omaha will be hosting a public lecture with JMC faculty partner Vincent Phillip Muñoz on "Freedom from Religion or Freedom for Religion: Rethinking the First Amendment's Protection for Religious Liberty." Thursday, October 6, 2022 • 10:00 AM CDT CPACS 132 (Collaborating Commons Room) […]

Christendom: The Oracle of the Enlightenment – Montesquieu

On October 7, 2022, the Tocqueville Forum at Christendom College will be hosting a lecture and seminar on Montesquieu with Professor Khalil Habib (Hillsdale College): Dr. Habib will deliver a public lecture then lead a small seminar discussion with a group of select students. His overall topic is Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws--one of the […]

Lee University: Intercollegiate Symposium on Institutions and Inheritance

On October 7-8, 2022, Lee University’s Center for Responsible Citizenship will host its 7th Annual Symposium on Civic Virtue and Thought. The theme this year is “Institutions and Inheritance,” which will explore the role of tradition and institutions in framing political desires and discourse. “We sometimes forget that the right thing must be done in […]

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On this day in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began

On this day in 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began, destroying thousands of buildings and claiming roughly 300 lives over the course of three days. A dangerously dry summer and gusting winds made conditions in the Midwest ripe for fire – the same day that the Great Chicago Fire started, devastating fires also broke out […]

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National Chess Day!

It’s National Chess Day! Celebrated each year on the second Saturday of October, the day encourages a greater appreciation for the game and gives chess enthusiasts another excuse to play. ♟♟♟ Some version of chess has been popular for over 1000 years! Several notable Americans played chess, including Benjamin Franklin, who waxed, “It is so […]

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On this day in 1901, the White House officially became the “White House”

On this day in 1901, the White House officially became “the White House”. Prior to Theodore Roosevelt’s order, the White House was officially called “the Executive Mansion.” Did you know? As a nickname, “the White House” dates back to 1798, when the new building was first whitewashed to protect its porous sandstone walls from freezing. […]

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October 12 is National Farmer’s Day!

October 12 is National Farmer’s Day! On this day, we honor all the hard work done by America’s farmers to bring food to our tables. 🍞🌽🍎🥚 According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, 98% of the 2 million farms in the country are family businesses. 🐄🏡🐖🐓 Did you know? Less than 2% of America’s workforce […]

Arizona State University: One Man’s Freedom: King, Goldwater, and the Battle Over an Idea

On October 12, 2022, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University, a JMC partner program, will host faculty partner Nicholas Buccola to discuss Barry Goldwater and Martin Luther King, Jr.: What can we learn about the meaning of freedom by thinking about the space between Barry Goldwater and Martin […]

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On this day in 1754, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley was born near Trenton, New Jersey

On this day in 1754, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley (an inspiration for legendary Revolutionary War hero Molly Pitcher) was born near Trenton, New Jersey. Like many soldiers’ wives during the Revolution, McCauley followed her husband’s troop and performed mundane (but crucial) tasks like washing clothes and hauling water. Did you know? There is no definitive […]

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Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress voted to send two armed sailing vessels out to intercept ships carrying munitions and supplies to the British. From this tiny force of 160 patriots, the U.S. Navy eventually expanded to a mighty force of 300,000+ active duty members today. The Navy’s […]

Boston College: Constitutionalism and the Revolution – A Conversation with Gordon Wood

On October 13, 2022, the John Marshall Project at Boston College, a JMC partner program, will host faculty partner Gordon Wood for a discussion of his new book Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution. Thursday, October 13, 2022 • 4:30 PM EDT Corcoran Commons, 205 • Boston College Click here to learn more >> […]

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On October 14, 1994, Saguaro National Park was established in Arizona

On October 14, 1994, Saguaro National Park was established in Arizona. The park is home to the giant saguaro – the largest cactus in the United States and arguably the most recognizable symbol of the American West. 🏜🌵🏜🌵🏜 Truly American, saguaros only grow in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, California, and Mexico, where they can […]

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On October 16, 1758, American lexicographer Noah Webster was born in West Hartford, Connecticut

On October 16, 1758, American lexicographer Noah Webster was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. Though it was not the first American English language dictionary, Webster’s dictionary, completed in 1828, is often credited as the first significant compilation of American English as distinct from British English. 🖊📖🇺🇸 Today, Webster is still a huge name in American […]

University of Oklahoma: Does the First Amendment belong in the Quad and in the Classroom?

On October 17, 2022, the University of Oklahoma's Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage will host Donald Downs and Allison Stanger for a discussion of campus free speech. The discussion is a part of the university's 2022 Free Speech Week events. Monday, October 17, 2022 • 3:00 PM CDT Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union • […]

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National No Beard Day!

It’s National No Beard Day! 🪒🪒🪒 Did you know? Nearly every U.S. president could celebrate this day – only 5 of our 46 presidents have worn beards, the first being Abraham Lincoln.🧔🧔🧔🧔🧔 11-year-old Grace Bedell famously wrote to him, urging Abe to grow a beard: “I have got 4 brothers and part of them will […]

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On October 19, 1781, the British surrendered to George Washington’s army

On October 19, 1781, the British, led by General Lord Charles Cornwallis, surrendered to George Washington’s army at Yorktown, Virginia, effectually ending the Revolutionary War. The surrender marked an end to a three-week siege carried out by allied American and French forces against the British. 🇺🇸🇬🇧 Did you know? Going against accepted military custom, Cornwallis […]

Jacksonville State University: Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy

The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University, a JMC partner program, will hold a hybrid in-person/virtual presentation and Q&A with Brandon Stewart on "Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy": The Tocqueville Lecture Series is excited to host Dr. Brandon Stewart (Troy University). His presentation, "Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy" examines how hostile foreign […]

Ursinus College “Charter of Unity: Can the Constitution Still Hold Us Together?” with Yuval Levin, October 20

Charter of Unity: Can the Constitution Still Hold Us Together? 7:00PM EDT PFAHLER HALL MUSSER AUDITORIUM Yuval Levin, director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute, studies the foundations of self-government and the future of law, regulation, and constitutionalism. He served as a member of the White House domestic policy staff […]

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On this day in 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor

On this day in 1797, the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) was launched in Boston Harbor. Still afloat in Boston today, the USS Constitution is the oldest ship commissioned in the United States Navy and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Did you know? George Washington named the Constitution. The nickname, “Old Ironsides,” was […]

Providence College: What Do the Humanities Do?

On October 21, 2022, the Frederick Douglass Project at Providence College will host Eric Adler for a discussion of the humanities and why they matter: In the late nineteenth century, the United States witnessed the so-called Battle of the Classics in which educators fought over the role of Latin and ancient Greek in college curricula. […]

Villanova: W.B. Allen on The State of Black America

On October 25, 2022, the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University will host W.B. Allen for a discussion of his recent edited volume, The State of Black America: Progress, Pitfalls, and the Promise of the Republic. The event is part of the Ryan Center's 2022-23 lecture series on "The Constitution: The Meaning of Equality." […]

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On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers (Federalist 1) was published in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers (Federalist 1) was published in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet. 🗞📰📝 Written by Alexander Hamilton under the pseudonym Publius, it was the first of a series of seventy-seven articles written along with James Madison and John Jay to address concerns about the […]

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Tonight is known as Mischief Night!

For roughly a quarter of Americans (particularly in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest), tonight is known as Mischief Night! (Or Cabbage Night, Devil’s Night, or Goosey Night depending on the region one lives in.) The night before Halloween is seen as a time of mischief for young people, with common pranks including toilet […]

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The American origins of the Jack o’ Lantern

Jack o’ lanterns as we know them today have American origins. Pumpkins are native to the Americas (first grown in Central America) so the first jack o’ lanterns carved in Europe was made with turnips or other similar root vegetables. 🥔🍠🥔 Plentiful in America, pumpkins were a valuable source of food for early colonists in […]

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On November 1, 1938, famed American racehorse Seabiscuit outran Triple Crown winner War Admiral in a “match of the century.”

On November 1, 1938, famed American racehorse Seabiscuit outran Triple Crown winner War Admiral in a “match of the century.” 🐎🐎🐎 Small, scrawny, and uncooperative in training, Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion racehorse. The little underdog served as an inspiration to Americans caught up in the Great Depression and an impending world war. The race […]

Benedictine College: The End of the Beginning – Dobbs and the Future of Abortion in America

On November 1, 2022, the Center for Constitutional Liberty at Benedictine College will host Nikolas T. Nikas for a discussion of the legal and constitutional landscape following the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs decision. Tuesday, November 1, 2022 • 7:00 PM CDT McAllister Board Room • Benedictine College Click here to attend virtually >>     […]

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On November 2, 1889, North Dakota entered the Union as our 39th state

On November 2, 1889, North Dakota entered the Union as our 39th state. A beautiful and largely rural state, North Dakota contains both the most wildlife refuges and the largest grassland in the United States. 🌾🌾🌅🌾🌾 Did you know? North Dakota is home to the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile passage of highway dotted by some […]

University of Nevada-Las Vegas: Thinking about Reparations

On November 2, 2022, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas's Great Works Academic Certificate Program will host JMC faculty partner Andrew Delbanco for a virtual lecture on reparations. Wednesday, November 2, 2022 • 4:00 PM PDT A virtual lecture • University of Nevada-Las Vegas Free and open to the public. Those interested in attending should email […]

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On this day in 1913, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 began

On this day in 1913, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 began. Over the course of 4 days, the blizzard killed over 250 people and sunk 19 ships. Bystanders reported whiteout snow conditions and hurricane-force winds as the storm tore through the Great Lakes region. 🌨❄️💨 Waves swelled up to 35 feet. 🌊🌊🌊 The blizzard […]

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Today is Election Day!

Today is Election Day ! 🗳🗳🗳 Did you know? Election Day always falls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. Why this day? For one, farming schedules once dictated much of American life - most Americans had to travel to their local polls and spring through early fall was busy with planting […]

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On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was created

On this day in 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was created as the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution to form two battalions of Continental Marines to augment naval operations. The Marines made their first amphibious raid a few months later, successfully seizing British gunpowder and munitions at Fort Nassau in the Bahamas. Did you […]

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On November 10, 1978, Badlands National Park was established in South Dakota

On November 10, 1978, Badlands National Park was established in South Dakota. The Badlands (so-called for its uninhabitability) is a swath of striking geological formations including pinnacles, buttes, and gorges mixed with prairie land. Did you know? The park is a prime location for fossils and has more Eocene and Oligocene mammal fossils than any […]

Boston College: Democracy and Enlightenment – The Challenge of Rousseau

On November 10-11, 2022, the John Marshall Project at Boston College, a JMC partner program, will host a two-day conference featuring leading scholars of the Enlightenment period who will present assessments of Rousseau and the Enlightenment, focusing especially on their contributions to our understanding of democracy. Additionally, the conference will serve as an occasion to […]

University of Nebraska-Omaha: Liberty, Union, and the Constitution – Lessons from the Nineteenth Century

On November 10, 2022, the Constitutional Studies Forum at the University of Nebraska-Omaha will be hosting a panel discussion featuring three distinguished scholars presenting on the constitutional thought of three important nineteenth century American leaders. Lucas Morel of Washington and Lee University will present on Abraham Lincoln. Peter Myers of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire […]

Jacksonville State University: A Discussion of Douglass’s Remarkable 1876 Eulogy of Lincoln

The Tocqueville Lecture Series at Jacksonville State University, a JMC partner program, will hold a hybrid in-person/virtual presentation and Q&A with Richard Ruderman on "Douglass’s Remarkable 1876 Eulogy of Lincoln": Why does Frederick Douglass remain such a challenge—to so many people across the political spectrum—today? In the summer of 2020, a statue of Frederick Douglass […]

University of Alaska-Anchorage: Harry C. Veryser on Economics

On November 10, 2022, Harry C. Veryser will speak for the University of Alaska's Chartwell Lecture Series: Our lecturer will be Harry C. Veryser, who has served as Director of Graduate Studies in Economics at the University of Detroit Mercy and as chairman of the Department of Economics and Finance at Walsh College. He is […]

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On this day in 1620, 41 colonists signed the Mayflower Compact

On this day in 1620, 41 colonists signed the Mayflower Compact off the coast of present-day Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A religiously divided group of Separatist Pilgrims and pro-Church of England colonists, the settlers needed some type of binding governance to survive together in a new land. The Mayflower Compact filled this need, organizing the colonists […]

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Happy Veterans Day!

Each year, Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans, both past and present. 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 Did you know? For many years, Veterans Day was Armistice Day. Although World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, fighting ceased much earlier with an armistice on November 11, 1918. President […]

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Today is Veterans Day!

Occurring every year on November 11, Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of American veterans, past and present. 🇺🇸🪖🇺🇸🪖🇺🇸🪖 Did you know? For many years, the occasion was celebrated as Armistice Day and honored those who bravely sacrificed in World War I. In 1954, upon the urging of Raymond Weeks, a World War II […]

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On the night of November 12-13, 1833, thousands of meteors formed a meteor storm visible over North America east of the Rockies

On the night of November 12-13, 1833, thousands of meteors formed a meteor storm visible over North America east of the Rockies. The impressive sight lasted for hours, entrancing Americans, and leading many to believe that it was the end of the world. 💥🌟✨💫 Leading figures of the 19th century took note, including Frederick Douglass, […]

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On November 14, 1896, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was born in Boone, Iowa

On November 14, 1896, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was born in Boone, Iowa. Despite the demands of being a military wife, and then, the wife of a prominent figure, she always had a cheerful, outgoing demeanor that endeared her to the public. She publicly shunned political involvement, but her actions often spoke louder than words. […]