3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield
Please register on the Ridgefield Library event page.
In this keynote to our series of public programs, Revisiting the Founding Era, constitutional scholar Akhil Amar, author and Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, describes the dynamic nature of the 1787 constitutional convention, provides short profiles of its key players and relationships, and outlines the issues that dominated their arguments. Amar shows us how the preoccupations of the new republic mirror the preoccupations of our own time and how the brilliance of the Founding Fathers led to the creation of one of the greatest and most enduring documents in human history.
A reception hosted by the Ridgefield Historical Society will immediately follow the program.
2019 Partner Programming Series on Revisiting the Founding Era
The Ridgefield Historical Society will be collaborating on a program series centered on the Founding Era in 2019 along with its partners: the Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center, Drum Hill Chapter of the DAR, Books on the Common, Ridgefield League of Women Voters, and the Connecticut Project for the Constitution. The goal of the series is to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.
The last event in this series is on:
- Sunday, February 24 at 2 pm: A talk by art historian Michael Norris about George Washington in Art at Ridgefield Library.
A living history program for young people about slavery, featuring Cheyney McKnight, is slated for March, and other programs are in the works. The partners plan to continue the themes raised in Revisiting the Founding Era with an ongoing series entitled First Principles.
Note: Depicted are ten participants in the founding of the United States: Benjamin Franklin, Sir Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Rufus King, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, James Madison, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington.