Week Eight :: August 15–22

Reframing the Constitution

Two-hundred and thirty years after its ratification, the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most difficult to amend of any in the world. During this week we ask if the Constitution is securing the “blessings of liberty” for all Americans and whether constitutional reform — from amendment to outright replacement — is necessary and even possible.

  • We look at constitutional politics to understand the “unamendability” of the U.S. Constitution, consider resistance to a constitutional convention from both the political left and right, and determine what we can learn from younger democracies around the world.
10:45 a.m. Lectures

Chautauqua Lecture Series (Morning Lectures)

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.


  • Monday, August 17, 2020 | 10:45am

    Jeffrey Rosen

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    Jeffrey Rosen is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the U.S. Constitution.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 10:45am

    Martha S. Jones

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    Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, and a legal and cultural historian.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 10:45am

    Robert A. Levy

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    Robert A. Levy is chairman of the board of directors at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C., which he joined as senior fellow in constitutional studies in 1997 after 25 years in business.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, August 21, 2020 | 10:45am

    Jon Meacham

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    One of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

    Location: Amphitheater