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Panel Discussion on Creating the Constitution at the Central Library

If a new constitution convention were called in your lifetime, what issues do you believe would be on the agenda and which would be the most controversial? How has political debate changed since the birth our nation?  Join us for a stimulating discussion about the Constitution, its past, and its impact on the present.

A panel discussion on “Creating the Constitution” will take place on Wednesday, September 26th from 7 to 8:30 pm. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Timothy Kneeland, chair of the Nazareth College history department, and will discuss the following:

* If a new constitution convention were called in your lifetime, what issues do you believe would be on the agenda and which would be the most controversial?

* Is federalism still a source of conflict and tension within American politics? What contemporary issues raise problems between the states and the federal government? What solutions would you propose?

* In the 18th century, political debate took place in pamphlets, newspapers, and often in taverns. Where do these debates take place today – and what are the strengths and weaknesses of these modern forums?

A lively conversation is guaranteed with diverse and dynamic panelists:

* Adam Chodak – Managing Editor, WROC-TV

* Gary Craig – Investigative Reporter, Democrat & Chronicle

* Kent Gardner, PhD – Principal & Chief Economist, Center for Governmental Research

* Christine Ridarsky – Historian, City of Rochester

* Scott Smith – Attorney, City of Rochester

* Hubert Van Tol – Senior Director for Economic Development, PathStone Corporation

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.