We the People, a show at Skidmore College's Tang Museum devoted to the importance of constitutions, particularly the U.S. Constitution, will continue its series of public events with topics ranging from the "slow democracy" movement to the debate over "corporate personhood."
We the People, which runs through April 7, is a dynamic laboratory for exploring constitutions as lived processes, examining the way these documents create order, configure communities, and form collective identities.
The latest round of events will begin with a talk by Susan Clark, co-author of Slow Democracy:Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home, on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Clark will discuss the book and lead small-group discussions. Copies of Slow Democracy will be available for sale and book signing.
The series will continue with a lecture by Jeffrey Clements titled "Corporations Are Not People: Responding to the Supreme Court in Citizens United" on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Clements, former assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, heads Free Speech for People, an organization dedicated to challenging the creation of Constitutional rights for corporations. The organization advocates overturning the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens vs. Federal Election Commission through a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The We the People series will conclude on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. with a "Crowd-Sourced Constitutional Convention" organized by faculty and students from Skidmore College's Department of Government. The group will lead a conversation about the current state of the U.S. Constitution, including the document's strengths and weaknesses, and opinions on how it could be changed for the better.
For more information and a full listing of Tang events go to www.skidmore.edu/tang.