Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 7:30pm
Needham Community Education in collaboration with the League of Women Voters-Needham will present a 4-part series of presentations on the Constitution beginning September 14 at 7:30 P.M. This will be virtual, and you can sign up at www.needham.k12.ma.us/community_ed.
Presented by Bob Baker,this fast paced and interactive overview of the Constitution starts with the framers. The founders of this republic struggled to solve problems and establish a government in the context of the very challenging times in which they lived. We will discuss their motivations and their compromises, then overview the document itself, the Constitution of the United States of America. We will also learn about the ratification process and the addition of the Bill of Rights. The end of session two and the final two sessions deal with Constitutional issues. We will learn about the amendment process and some of the critical amendments that have been added since the Bill of Rights. We also look at proposed amendments, such as the alteration or elimination of the Electoral College, and discuss amendments that you would favor. During the session on civil rights, we will focus on issues regarding the freedoms of speech and of religion, and on due process rights such as those established in Roe v. Wade. The session on civil liberties will deal with issues that stem from the equal protection clause such as minority rights and women’s rights. We will sample a few landmark Supreme Court cases including Brown v. Board, the University Michigan affirmative action cases, Shelby County v. Holder and US v. Virginia. You will also get a chance to make Constitutional judgements on other cases and on some hypothetical situations. Limited to 30.
Session 1: The Framers and the Framing
Date: Tuesday, September 14Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Session 2: Amendments and Federalism
Date: Tuesday, October 5Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Session 3: Civil Liberties
Date: Tuesday, October 26Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
Session 4: Civil Rights
Date: Tuesday, November 9Time: 7:30-9:00 PM