Our Dramatic Constitution
October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
While the United States Constitution is small in size, it is large enough to support our most dramatic disagreements. Beginning with the clash between slave states and free states, we have staged all of our controversies on the Articles and Amendments. Even during the Civil War, the Constitution held.
Join SAM on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm for this digital presentation and discussion, as Meg Mott considers how the Constitution both forces and frames our disagreements. “James Madison wanted a supreme authority, a federal power that would trump state sovereignty,” explains Mott. “But that’s not what he got. Instead, we have a government with 51 heads. There is no final decision-maker but a rule book for endless arguments.”
Attendees at this October 6th virtual program will have a chance to weigh in on the pluses and minuses of a federalist system during a global pandemic. How does concurrent jurisdiction help us balance our personal liberties and our obligations to public health? How can we better use our disagreements for improved decision-making?
After twenty years of teaching political theory and constitutional law to Marlboro College undergraduates, Meg Mott has taken her love of argument to the general public. Her award-winning series “Debating Our Rights” on the first ten amendments brings civil discussions on contentious issues to public libraries, colleges, and communities.