What is the program about?
Who can participate in the program?
Educational institutions receiving federal funds will hold educational programs about the Constitution on September 17-Constitution Day. The authorizing legislation, sponsored by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), also requires federal agencies to hold Constitution programs on Constitution Day. The ABA Division for Public Education offers Conversations on the Constitution in service to the nation for its Constitution commemoration and education efforts.
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What are Conversation starters?
Conversation starters are short, easily read text or images that are meant to be thought-provoking. They have been selected to illuminate issues, raise or explore areas of conflict, highlight ideas associated with each Conversation topic, and to foster conversation and ongoing dialogue. Accompanying each starter is a set of focus questions designed to open discussion about the topic and related issues. We have also identified resources specific to each starter designed to provide further information or context. The starters require no preparation or study by participants in advance of the discussion, although the suggested resources might be useful for such purposes.
Separation of Powers
Starter 1: The Federalist No. 48, James Madison
Starter 2: Hamdi et al. v. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, et al.
Starter 3: Letter from President Eisenhower to Senator John Stennis (D-MS), October 7, 1957