Constitutionally Speaking

Welcome to Constitutionally Speaking - A collaboration of the NH Humanities Council, the NH Supreme Court Society, the UNH School of Law, and the soon-to-be created NH Institute for Civic Education

Constitutionally Speaking aims to inspire spirited, yet civil, dialogue among New Hampshire citizens about the Nation’s founding document – and to promote the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in grades K-12 in schools throughout the state.  Its pilot year invited citizens young and old to join the discussion around its framing question: “How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?”

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Resources for Teachers

In its effort to promote the reintroduction of meaningful civics education in NH schools, Constitutionally Speaking solicited the help of several educators in compiling a comprehensive list of resources for K-12 teachers.  The project thanks retired Franklin School librarian Nancy Ancharski, Keene; retired Lebanon High School social studies teacher Art Pease; consultant Ellen Shemitz of Concord; and Exeter High School social studies teacher Amy Vandersall for their work, which directs teachers to websites containing lesson plans and activities broken down by grade level. Click here for more.


Click to view a video from the concluding public event of Constitutionally Speaking’s pilot year: a discussion with Proposition 8 litigators Ted Olson and David Boies, moderated by NHPR’s Laura Knoy.  Held May 17th at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, the presentation showcased the ability of one-time legal adversaries to come together to work toward a common purpose on one of the most contentious legal issues of our day: marriage equality.

Click to view a video from Constitutionally Speaking’s launch event, a public conversation between retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and PBS Newswoman Margaret Warner.

Click to view 15-minute presentations by nine constitutional scholars at a subsequent public symposium at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Share Your Views

To achieve Constitutionally Speaking’s goal of inspiring spirited, yet civil dialogue on our Nation’s founding document, we invite you to share your views on constitutional issues of concern to you.  Share your views!


Constitutionally Speaking is made possible in part by generous support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Treat Foundation, the Badger Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Paul and Sandra Montrone, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.

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