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Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter to speak at New Hampshire Humanities Council event in September

August 1, 2012 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter will be the keynote speaker on September 14, 2012 at the opening event for Constitutionally Speaking, a pilot project aimed at engaging New Hampshire citizens in a spirited, yet civil, dialogue about the Nation’s founding document. This initiative is a collaboration of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and the newly established New Hampshire Institute for Civic Education. The evening will feature a conversation between Justice Souter and Margaret Warner, an Emmy award winning senior correspondent with PBS’s nightly NewHour and will take place at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord . This free public event has already sold out, but people can sign up for the waiting list at If those on the waiting list are unable to get tickets, they will receive an email link to the video of the event.

This event with Justice Souter is the first of several components of Constitutionally Speaking:

  • On November 17, 2012, a symposium will be held at the UNH School of Law. The symposium will elaborate on themes explored in the opening conversation and prepare community leaders, parents, and public school teachers to lead topic-related discussions in communities and classrooms throughout the state.
  • Beginning in February 2013, the New Hampshire Humanities Council will take the lead in organizing public dialogues that target specific audiences in geographically distinct areas around the state, and will help facilitate the development of model curricula by public school teachers who participate in the fall symposium.
  • The project's first year will conclude on May 17, 2013 with a presentation at the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society's John W. King Lecture by renowned constitutional litigators David Boies and Ted Olson.

For further information, contact Project Director Kathy Smith at 603-224-4071 or ksmith[at]nhhc[dot]org.