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.

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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."

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Sen. Collins to Speak on Civility, Cooperation and Compromise, at Free Event on Sept. 21

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) will present 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 will speak on Civility, Cooperation, and Compromise: Why Our Constitutional Republic Requires Them.

It takes a great deal of civility, cooperation, and compromise for our constitutional republic to operate effectively and responsibly. Susan M. Collins, Maine’s senior United States Senator, will draw from over 20 years of collaborative legislative experience to provide insight on these values in her remarks.

Senator Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996. She ranks 14th in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. Senator Collins chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. For the last five consecutive years, Senator Collins has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, and she recently received the inaugural Jacob Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership. Known for her Maine work ethic, Senator Collins has never missed a roll call vote, casting more than 6,700.

Virginia Prescott, host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s popular daily talk show On Second Thought, will moderate the discussion with Senator Collins. Prescott began her career in public radio at WWOZ in New Orleans, managing studio operations and live broadcasts. She went on to host several programs at New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, where she explored how storytelling could be used in solving community conflicts related to the built environment.

Space is limited. Reserve your seats today.

Video Series and Study Guide Aim to Bolster Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter has cited "the pervasive ignorance of the Constitution of the United States and the structure of government" as the most significant problem in American politics today. As part of its continuing effort to help fill the gap, Constitutionally Speaking created "How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Twelve Lessons on the Nation's Founding Document and Its Application in 21st Century America. This collection of videos addresses contemporary constitutional topics, and features an online study guide that provides detailed lessons plans and suggested readings for New Hampshire classrooms. See them here.

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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.