National Constitution Center Trustee and University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Beeman was the featured guest on last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about the separation of church and state. Teacher’s corner Here is the text of the Fourteenth Amendment and a discussion on the incorporation doctrine in which the Supreme Court has […]
As you probably learned in school, redistricting occurs every 10 years as congressional boundaries are redrawn after the Census. What you may have forgotten is that it’s required by the Constitution.
Apple and Google were in the congressional hot seat last week over the issue of mobile phone privacy.
The Daily Beast is reporting this morning that Dorothy Parvaz, the Al Jazeera English reporter and 2009 PJP Fellow who was seized by Syrian authorities 19 days ago, has been released by Iran, where she had been sent by the Syrians after they claimed she was traveling on an expired Iranian passport. Parvaz, who used […]
In announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama told the American people that “we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values […]
It was 86 years ago last week when a high school biology teacher named John Scopes got arrested for teaching evolution in his classroom.
by Joe Pace There is something surreal about the way some conservatives have seized on the death of Osama bin Laden as evidence that “torture works.” The claim rests on the assumption (for which evidence is ambiguous, at best) that, sometime circa 2004, detainees were water-boarded – tortured — into giving up the nickname of […]
Here’s what you need to know about the precedent-setting case of Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan.
A few days ago, the journalist Sebastian Junger visited West Point, where I am on the history faculty. He was there to show Restrepo, his documentary film about a U.S. Army combat team deployed on a dangerous assignment in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, and then do an on-stage interview with me in front of […]
A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”