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The Bill of Rights as an Inspiration to the World
  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater

Join us for a special Bill of Rights Day program celebrating the U.S. Bill of Rights as an inspiration to the world. A panel of scholars and authors will explore the unique history of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and the ways in which it has influenced national constitutions around the world from 1791 to today.  Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, and professor of history at Stanford University, Jack Rakove, panelists include David O. Stewart, attorney and author of Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America;  Constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk, author of The Bill Of Rights: A User’s Guide; and John D. Bessler, professor of law, University of Baltimore School of Law and adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center.  A book signing of The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide will follow the program.

Presented in partnership with The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource).

All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program – please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Your seat may become available to any waitlisted guests at that time. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.

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