City of North Liberty
The North Liberty Great Courses lecture series is adapted from a popular Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center program. Americans wage many of today’s fiercest policy debates and culture wars as battles over constitutional meaning. Constitutional law implicates everything from abortion to same-sex marriage to the scope of presidential power in times of war. Quite simply, many of the most important issues of the day are ultimately questions of constitutional interpretation, and the Constitution rarely answers these questions clearly. In this program, you’ll examine pivotal Supreme Court cases to learn how interpreting the Constitution has radically affected American society. You’ll consider the Supreme Court’s role in deciding—and sometimes avoiding—questions of constitutionality. And you’ll investigate how changes in public opinion can influence how the Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. During the hour and a half course, you will view one or two videos out of this series of lectures and then the audience will engage in discourse about what was learned.
This course is made possible by a joint effort between the City of North Liberty and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, with extra thanks to the North Liberty Community Library for use of their space.
This series will be facilitated by local, retired lawyer Jeff Milton.
Topic: Origins and Functions of the Constitution
While the U.S. Constitution left many important issues unresolved, it was clearly designed to serve several primary purposes (regardless of disagreements over how it serves those purposes). Travel back to the 18th century and investigate the origins of the founding document of the American experiment - a story of crisis, rebellion, and compromise.
There is no cost to attend. Coffee and treats will be provided. We prefer participants to pre-register through this SignUpGenius so we can accommodate everyone, but drop-ins are also welcome. Attendees must be over 18 years old.
Location, accommodation requests, training, and sign-up questions can be directed to North Liberty Special Projects Coordinator Angela McConville at [email protected] or 319-626-5722.
North Liberty Community Library
520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA 52317
|| Angela McConville