Seeking to engage NH citizens in civil yet spirited dialogue about important constitutional issues of our time

Constitutionally Speaking Celebrates its History

Constitutionally Speaking aims to engage New Hampshire citizens in a civil, yet spirited, dialogue about the critical public policy issues of our time, and to galvanize support for a renewed commitment to civic education in grades K-12. Conceived by the N.H. Supreme Court Society, Constitutionally Speaking launched in 2012 with a public conversation between retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and PBS Newswoman Margaret Warner.


Other distinguished guests who have addressed Constitutionally Speaking and N.H. Supreme Court Society audiences include: retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, former President Bill Clinton, Congressman John Lewis, Iraqi Chief Justice Madhat Al-Mahmood, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr., constitutional litigators David Boies and Theodore B. Olson, NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, and constitutional scholar Akhil Amar.

Constitutionally Speaking and NHICE in the news

News of interest to Constitutionally Speaking:

Justice O'Connor Speaks on Democracy to Capacity Crowd in Concord

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke to a capacity crowd at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on Sept. 17. Accompanied by retired former colleague Justice David H Souter, she presented Constitutionally Speaking's William W. Treat Lecture on the topic of "The State of Democracy in America."

Watch more video of the event

Senator Judd Gregg and Joe McQuaid Discuss Civility and Civic Engagement in NH at Constitutionally Speaking Treat Lecture
Senator Judd Gregg speaks with Joe McQuaid

Former U.S. Senator and New Hampshire Gov. Judd Gregg (left) and New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid spoke during Constitutionally Speaking’s annual William Treat Lecture.

Former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg and New Hampshire Union Leader publisher Joe McQuaid discussed what makes New Hampshire special, and what steps might ensure civil political dialogue and active civic engagement live on for future generations in the Granite State, at the recent Treat Lecture, sponsored by Constitutionally Speaking.

Read the Union Leader's coverage of the event.

Sen. Collins Speaks on Civility, Cooperation and Compromise at CS Event

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) presented the William W. Treat Lecture in an event hosted by Constitutionally Speaking on Friday, September 21 at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. Sen. Collins spoke on Civility, Cooperation, and Compromise: Why Our Constitutional Republic Requires Them.

Virginia Prescott, host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s popular daily talk show "On Second Thought," moderated the discussion. Prescott has hosted several programs at New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University.

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Constitutionally Speaking is made possible in part by generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Badger Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the William W. Treat Foundation, Paul and Sandra Montrone, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Advancement of Justice Fund, Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund and The McLane Fund.