Lecture Series: Revisiting the Founding Era

Lecture Series: Revisiting the Founding Era

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield

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Price: Free

Please register on the Ridgefield Library event page

A lively panel discussion and community conversation, moderated by Todd Brewster, journalist and professor at Mt. Holyoke College, will feature NYU Law Professor, Nadine Strossen; Ridgefield Teacher of the Year, Jennifer DeJulio; Connecticut Attorney General, Will Tong; and Western Connecticut State University History Professor, Leslie Lindenauer, who will discuss key documents from the founding era and how they relate to our world today. There will be plenty of time for audience engagement and Q & A.

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 The goal of the series is to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

There are currently three events planned in this series. The other events are:

  • Sunday, February 10 at 3 pm: Renowned author and Yale legal scholar Akhil Amar will bring to life the characters from the Constitutional Convention of 1787 at the Ridgefield Library.
  • Sunday, February 24 at 2 pm: A talk by art historian Michael Norris about George Washington in Art at the 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.

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