First Amendment in 21st Century America





July 25-31, 2021 (1 week)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




This one-week intensive institute for K-12 teachers on the U.S. Constitution will explore the theories behind the Founding Fathers’ vision of the First Amendment and the changes in the First Amendment since its founding. Held in the Birthplace of our nation – Philadelphia, the institute will focus specifically on the First Amendment and the delicate balance between the rights of individuals and the need to govern society and keep it safe. Participants will learn from top Constitutional Scholars, participate in discussion of constitutional law and Supreme Court Case history, tour Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, and the National Constitution Center.

Project Director(s)

Bruce Allen Murphy

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Bruce Murphy, Michael Gerhardt, Keith Whittington, Helena Silverstein

Grantee Institution

Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

Funded through the Division of Education Programs