Video Replay: The Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

NCC Staff

In case you missed it, watch four sets of live events celebrating Bill of Rights Day, with authors discussing the Constitution and the historic figures related to it. Featured authors include Stephen Wermiel, Yuval Levin, Timothy Sandefur and Harlow Giles Unger.


We broadcast the four discussions as four separate livesteams on YouTube. You’ll find a link to each livestream replay after the event listings below. Note: each program starts several minutes into the livestream replay.

Justice Brennan’s Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan (10 – 11 a.m.)

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, the case that changed the First Amendment, has protected the freedom of expression for the past 50 years. Join First Amendment lawyer Lee Levine and veteran Supreme Court reporter Stephen Wermiel as they tell the story of Justice Brennan’s struggle to stop efforts to overturn this landmark case.  

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Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of the Left and Right

Conservative intellectual Yuval Levin and the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen explore the origins of the left/right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. Levin and Rosen will bring the conversation to today’s political discourse—on issues ranging from abortion to welfare, education, economics, and beyond.  

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The Conscience of the Constitution

Is liberty or democracy the primary constitutional value? Join constitutional scholars Timothy Sandefur and Kermit Roosevelt for a conversation exploring this compelling question— the basis for Sandefur’s most recent book The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty. Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen moderates.

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John Marshall: The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation

Award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals how John Marshall emerged from the Revolutionary War’s bloodiest battlefields to become one of the nation’s most important Founding Fathers. As the longest-serving Chief Justice in American history, Marshall transformed the Supreme Court from an irrelevant appeals court into the powerful and controversial branch of government that Americans today either revere or criticize.

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