Amending America: Building a More Perfect Union

Date: June 21 – 22, 2017AA-ExhibitMark-Color-1
Time: 7pm – 9pm (June 21); 10:30am-9pm (June 22)
Location: National Archives Museum, Washington, DC 20408

As part of its Amending America initiative, the National Archives and Records Administration presents the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, on June 21 – 22, 2017.

Join us as we debate some of the most critical issues facing our nation today with leaders from across the country discussing subjects ranging from national security to responsibilities of citizens to the court system and beyond. This event is the culmination of a six-part, multi-city series, including topics on Civil Rights and Individual Freedom, LGBTQ Human Rights and Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Immigration: Access and Barriers, and Educational Access and Equity.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

7pm Keynote Remarks on “Bill of Rights and the Court System”
8pm Keynote Conversation on “Reflections on Civil and Human Rights Movements: From 1960 to Today”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

10:30am “Individual Freedom and National Security in an Age of Terrorism”

  • – Moderator: Ray Suarez, Journalist and Author
  • Jennifer Daskal, Associate Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security
  • – Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager at Access Now

1:30pm “Enlightened and Engaged: Education for Democracy?”

3pm “The Responsibility of Citizens in the Modern Era”

  • David Azerrad, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation
  • Susan N. Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • K. Sabeel Rahman, Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights

7pm Closing Keynote Conversation on “The United States of America: A Democratic Nation in an Open Global Society”

Registration is now open for this free event. Sign up below to attend in person or watch the livestream:


About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at: archives.gov.

About the National Archives Foundation

The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at: archivesfoundation.org.


The “National Conversation on Rights and Justice” in Washington, DC is presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.