The First Amendment in 21st Century America


Philadelphia, PA



July 21, 2019 - July 27, 2019 (1 week)


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience



This one-week intensive institute for teachers on the First Amendment explores the delicate balance between those rights of individuals and the interests of other individuals and groups, as well as those of the state. Participants will convene in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center to engage in an intensive program involving readings about, lectures on, and analysis and discussions of constitutional law and Supreme Court case history pertaining to the First Amendment. These activities will deepen the teachers’ understanding of the purpose of the First Amendment, the freedoms protected by it, and the history of its evolving meaning and interpretation. 

Project Director(s)

Bruce Allen Murphy

Visiting Faculty

Bruce Murphy; F. Graham Lee; Kathleen Hall Jamieson; Marjorie Rendell; Helena Silverstein; David Trevaskis

Grantee Institution

The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

Funded through the Division of Education Programs