Constituting America: Informing Americans About the Importance of the Constitution

In honor of Constitution Day this September 17, 2011, Constituting America will begin a 90-day analysis of the U.S. constitution with scholars and citizens throughout the country.
The nonprofit’s community of scholars will be available for media interviews, analysis and commentary in an effort to “spark a national discussion surrounding the importance of the Constitution in contemporary civic life,” says founder Janine Turner.
“The mission of Constituting American is to engage America’s adults and students in learning about the Constitution and America’s founding principles,” says Turner. It’s doing so by hosting a contest called “We The People 9.17 Contest,” a road trip across the U.S., and a series of blogs that discuss the constitution from varying points of view.
The participating scholars include:

  • David Addington
    Vice President for Domestic and Economic Policy
    The Heritage Foundation
  • Steven H. Aden, Esq.
    Senior Counsel
    Alliance Defense Fund
  • W. B. Allen
    Dean Emeritus James Madison College
    Emeritus Professor of Political Science
    Michigan State University
  • John S. Baker
    Professor of Law Emeritus
    Louisiana State University Law School
  • Andrew Baskin
    Legal Assistant and Researcher
    The Constitutional Sources Project
  • James D. Best
    Author, Tempest at Dawn 
  • David J. Bobb, Ph.D.
    Director and Lecturer in Politics, Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
    Hillsdale College
  • Justin Butterfield
    Constitutional Attorney, Liberty Institute
  • Robert Chapman-Smith
    Instructional Design Associate, Bill of Rights Institute
  • Horace Cooper
    Legal Commentator and Senior Fellow, The Heartland Institute
  • Carol Crossed
    Owner and President
    Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
  • Cynthia Dunbar
    Asst. Prof. of Law
    Liberty University School of Law
  • William Duncan
    Director, Marriage Law Foundation
  • Scot Faulkner
    Executive Director
    The Dreyfuss Initiative
  • Colin Hanna
    President, Let Freedom Ring
  • Allison Hayward
    Vice President of Policy, Center for Competitive Politics
  • Hadley Heath
    Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Troy Kickler, Ph.D.
    Founding Director, North Carolina History Project
  • Joerg W. Knipprath
    Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
  • David B. Kopel
    Research Director, Independence Institute
    Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University, Sturm College of Law
  • Marc Lampkin
    Quinn Gillespie and Associates
  • Andrew Langer
    The Institute for Liberty
  • Gary McCaleb
    Senior Counsel
    Alliance Defense Fund
  • Dan Morenoff
  • Prof. Will Morrisey
    Hillsdale College
  • Joe Postell
    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • Jeff Reed
    Former Constitutional Law Professor, Western Kentucky University
  • Professor Charles Rice
    Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Notre Dame
  • Judge Jim Rogan
    Superior Court of California
  • Tara Ross
    Author, Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College
  • Dr. Charles K. Rowley
    Duncan Black Professor of Economics at George Mason University and General Director of The Locke Institute
  • George Schrader
    Student of Political Science, Hillsdale College
  • Prof. Kyle Scott
    Department of Political Science
    University of Houston
  • Mr. Kelly Shackelford
    President and CEO of Liberty Institute
  • Julia Shaw
    Research Associate and Program Manager
    B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies
  • Lawrence J. Spiwak
    President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies
  • W. David Stedman
    Editor, Our Ageless Constitution
  • Nathaniel Stewart
    Attorney, Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.
    Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kevin Theriot
    Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund

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