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How Does the Constitution Keep Up With the Times?

How Does the Constitution Keep Up With the Times?

Constitutionally Speaking is a yearlong collaborative project of the NH Humanities Council, NH Supreme Court Society, UNH Law, and the NH Institute for Civic Education.

The conversation initiated recently by the Constitutionally Speaking project continues with the day long seminar How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times? on Saturday, November 17 at UNH Law.

Constitutionally Speaking aims to galvanize support for the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in New Hampshire public schools to ensure that students in grades K-12 gain the basic knowledge, experience and inspiration to engage in the civic lives of their communities, of the state, and of the nation. It also aims to encourage spirited but civil dialogue among citizens young and old about the critical issues of our times.

Panelists at the November 17th event include:

  • Sonu Bedi, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College
  • Adam Liptak, Columnist, New York Times
  • Honorable James Duggan, New Hampshire Supreme Court (retired)
  • Patrick Shin, Assistant Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Michele Martinez Campbell, Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
  • Calvin R. Massey, Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law, UNH School of Law
  • Carol Nackenoff, Richter Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College
  • William L. Chapman, Shareholder, Orr & Reno

John Greabe, Professor of Law at UNH Law, will serve as moderator.

The partnering organizations in Constitutionally Speaking are grateful for the support of the Hoffman Family Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Treat Foundation.

Special thanks goes out to the discussion facilitators: Susan Hatem, New Hampshire Humanities Council; Jack Resch, Professor of History, UNH-Manchester; Michele Holt Shannon, Associate Director, NH Listens; Janet Ward, Independent Scholar; and UNH Law students Aaron Mitchell, Cherylyn Egner, Brooke Lovett Shilo, and Tannis Wood.

The day's complete program is available here.  Read more about the Constitutionally Speaking Project at or register by emailing Sharon Callahan.

The Constitutionally Speaking series kicked off in September with a public address by retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter: