Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two National Constitution Center Events

Two interesting upcoming events at the National Constitution Center:

No matter their party affiliation, voters are invited to join fellow citizens to celebrate our freedom to vote during the Primary Palooza Party.  Beginning at 5:00 p.m., guests can submit their six-word stump speeches, experience the Center’s new exhibits and interactive programs, compete to win prizes during presidential trivia and election-themed quizzo games, and watch the returns.  Light fare and a cash bar will be available.  Admission to Primary Palooza is FREE and includes access to the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, and the award-winning theatrical production Freedom Rising.  For a special $5 rate, guests also can experience From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.  Reservations for Primary Palooza are recommended

Throughout the 2012 presidential race, the National Constitution Center is serving as a hub of election activity, both onsite and online.  Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech will give museum visitors the opportunity to share their six-word stump speeches using new iPad touch screens and view them on projected displays in the Center’s main exhibition.  Entries also can be submitted online beginning on April 24 at, where submissions will be displayed in dynamic charts, maps and word clouds that reveal information about election priorities across geography and party affiliation.  Online users will have the opportunity to “remix” their submissions as well as the submissions of other users, and connect to objective information about election issues, the candidates, and the Constitution.


In an era of congressional gridlock, political polarization, and waning public trust in government, can congressional leaders overcome partisan divides for the benefit of all citizens?  Or do voters need to take action and change those who are serving in Congress? 
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Harvard Professor Dennis F. Thompson will discuss these issues and their new book, The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.  Admission is $7 for members, students and teachers; $10 for non-members; and FREE for 1787 Society members.  Reservations are required and can be made online at

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