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  • American Democracy
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    American Democracy

    Sophia Rosenfeld is the author of “Democracy and Truth: A Short History.” She talked about the long-held tensions among citizens in a democracy to determine what the truth is -- rather than…

  • Constitution and Persons with Disabilities
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    Constitution and Persons with Disabilities

    In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law introduced by former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. In this program, Mr. Harkin explored the history of laws that…

  • QA with Congressional Historians
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    Q&A with Congressional Historians

    Congressional historians Richard Baker, Ray Smock, and Donald Ritchie talked about American history and the U.S. Congress.

  • Robert F Kennedys Political Legacy
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    Robert F. Kennedy's Political Legacy

    Authors Jules Witcover and John Bohrer spoke with U.S. Senate Historian Emeritus Donald Ritchie about Robert F. Kennedy’s political legacy 50 years after his assassination during the 1968…

  • Congressional Careers Remembered
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    Congressional Careers Remembered

    Former Representatives Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and Peter Torkildsen (R-MA) talked about their time in Washington, D.C., and how things have changed in the U.S. House of Representatives since…

  • Ralph Young on emDissentem
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    History of Dissent in America

    Professor Ralph Young talked about his book Dissent: The History of an American Idea, in which he examines protests from the 17th century to the present day. In his book, Mr. Young…

  • 2013 Constitution Day Lecture
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    2013 Constitution Day Lecture

    Raymond Smock talked about how lawmakers have dealt with the complexities of the U.S. Constitution throughout the document’s history. He suggested that lawmakers have struggled with…

  • History of Televised Presidential Debates
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    History of Televised Presidential Debates

    Professor John Splaine discussed the history of presidential debates in the television age and screened video examples as he led a discussion on the history and evolution of televised political…

  • Constitution Day Lecture by Richard Dreyfuss
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    Constitution Day Lecture by Richard Dreyfuss

    Actor Richard Dreyfuss talked about the debates and the importance of compromise in the crafting of the U.S. Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. He emphasized the importance of the…

  • Importance of the US Constitution
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    Importance of the U.S. Constitution

    The Shepherd University Foundation hosted the first annual Tom E. Moses Memorial lecture series. Senator Byrd, whose leadership added the appropriation act designating September 17th as…