In service of Constitution Day (September 17), the Jack Miller Center presents an innovative new online resource center, devoted this year to our 2017 Constitution Day theme, Freedom of Speech.
The first of its kind, our new webpage is useful as a resource for Constitution Day programs and throughout the year for professors, teachers, high school and college students or anyone interested in the history, law and political theory surrounding freedom of speech and free inquiry.
By congressional mandate, schools receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program each year in observance of Constitution Day, but many schools lack the resources to mount a substantive program. Thanks to a lead gift from the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, JMC launched its Constitution Day Initiative in 2011 to provide resources and support engaging events on campuses that enable students to examine constitutional questions with renowned experts and policy-makers. JMC helps scholars place op-ed essays in a wide range of newspapers and other media outlets to raise awareness of Constitution Day.
This year, we are expanding our effort by introducing this new forum for teachers, students and others to explore the theme of freedom of speech. In addition to the resource center, the webpage features essays by scholars on freedom of speech and highlights of Constitution Day events on college campuses. Our agency partner, Push10, redesigned the look and feel of our page, focusing on ease-of-use and an exceptional user experience. We invite you to peruse the new webpage.