Fall 2021 Honors Lecture Series: Rewriting the Constitution

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Date           Lecture Title/Event
August 23

Welcome and Introduction

Philip E. Phillips (Honors)

August 30

Youth Voting: Commemorating 50 Years

Amy Sayward (History

YouTube Video

September 13

State Legislatures Shaping the Nation: Tennessee Law and National Civic Culture

Hedy Weinberg (Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee), Shanna Hughey (President, Think Tennessee), and Justin Owen (President, Beacon Center of Tennessee)

Recorded Presentation

September 20

Immigration, Law, and Local Consequences

Abdou Kattih (Regugee Assistance, Murfreesboro Muslim Youth), Kellye Branson (Refugee-Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities), and Barbara Ibarra (League of Women Voters, Murfreesboro-Rutherford County)

YouTube Video

September 27

The U.S. Constitutional Amending Process

John R. Vile (Honors)

YouTube Video

October 4

Eliminating the Electoral College

Michael Federici (Political Science and International Relations)

YouTube Video

October 11

Fall Break - No Classes

October 18


The ERA and the Politics of Constitutional Amendments

Steve Cohen (U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee 9th District, U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Chair, The Constitution Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee)

YouTube Video

October 25


Required National Public Service

Keith Huber (Lt. General U.S. Army, Ret., Senior Advisor for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives)

YouTube Video

November 1

D.C. Statehood, Very Soon

Yilin Zhang (League of Women Voters, Washington, D.C.)


November 8

Self-Determination for Puerto Rico: Statehood or Nationhood?

George Laws Garcia (Executive Director, Puerto Rico Statehood Council), Javier A. Hernández (Author, PREXIT: Forging Puerto Rico's Path to Sovereignty), and Barbara Ibarra (National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Ret.)

YouTube Video

November 15

The Constitutional Right to Vote

Aaron Treadwell (History)

YouTube Video

November 22

MT Engage Presentation

Percy Verret (MT Engage)

YouTube Video

November 29

Student Presentations


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