From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, FDR to Richard Nixon, presidents have been defining and redefining the office while testing the boundaries of presidential power. This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time. Discover both key actions by well-known presidents as well as the constitutional legacies of lesser known "forgotten presidents," and the impact that they all have had while holding the nation's highest office.
Many voters across America and around the world are frustrated with establishment politics. Foreign policy expert Robert Kagan, historian Michael Kazin, and law professor John Yoo explore whether the rising tide of populism is a threat to constitutional values.
On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the Center hosts its annual book festival featuring four back-to-back discussions with a group of acclaimed authors. Preserving and Protecting America's Founding Documents 10 - 11 a.m. What happens when priceless artifacts are threatened by theft or damage? How have copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and more survived through the years? Stephen Puleo, author of American Treasures, and Nancy Moses, author of Stolen, Smuggled, Sold, share the little-known stories behind the efforts to preserve humanity's cultural heritage. Charles Cullen, interim president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, moderates. Is the Second Amendment Under Assault? 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. David Keene, former president of the National Rifle Association and co-author of Shall Not Be Infringed, provides his take on the history of the gun control debate in America - including the battles fought in the courts, the media, and even the United Nations. The Death Penalty and the Constitution 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Does the death penalty violate the Constitution? John Bessler, editor of Against the Death Penalty (by Stephen Breyer) and Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker, authors of Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment, trace the unusual history of judicial regulation of capital punishment and offer their take on whether or not the death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution. Tom Donnelly, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the National Constitution Center, moderates. The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Leading legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar addresses the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today's headlines as described in his forthcoming book, The Constitution Today. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good, the National Constitution Center will once again join with Global Citizen's Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service for a daylong commemoration. Enjoy $5 admission to the museum courtesy of Macy's.