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

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."

Read an article on the event in the Concord Monitor.

Watch more video of the event

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

Speaking at Constitutionally Speaking's inaugural event, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter 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 has 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 short videos addressing contemporary constitutional topics—along with an online study guide that provides detailed lessons plans and suggested readings for New Hampshire classrooms—are accessible on our Video Gallery page.

Nina Totenberg to Speak on October 2

National Public Radio’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg will speak in Concord on Friday, October 2 at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Robin Young of WBUR’s Here and Now will interview Totenberg.

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While this event is free, tickets are required. Tickets are available on the Capitol Center for the Arts website. 400 tickets will be held through Sept. 26 specifically for educators and students. Teachers can access up to 25 tickets using this link, and by entering the promo code SCOTUS2.

If you plan to transport students by bus, please notify the CCA at 225-1111.

There is a limit of 4 tickets per person for the general public.

Totenberg’s coverage of the Supreme Court and national legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. In 1991, her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill’s charges. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage — anchored by Totenberg — of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill’s allegations, and for Totenberg’s reports and exclusive interview with Hill.

Totenberg has received numerous awards for her reporting, including the American Judicature Society’s first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, New York Magazine, and others.

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Young has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow award.

This event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society as its annual King Lecture.

Constitutionally Speaking
11 South Main Street, Suite 500
Concord, NH 03301

The aim of Constitutionally Speaking is two-fold: to engage NH citizens of all ages in civil yet spirited dialogue about important constitutional issues of our time; and to galvanize support for the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in our schools.

It 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.