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December 19, 2014
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

A Senate report released earlier this month offered unprecedented details about the treatment of enemy combatants in the war on terror. The report has renewed debates about CIA secrecy, Congressional oversight and the justifications for harsh interrogation methods.

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December 5, 2014
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The first amendment declares that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech,” and the Supreme Court affirmed in 1964 a “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open.” But neither the 1791 Bill of... Read full post

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November 14, 2014
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Last month, the Jefferson County school board in suburban Denver backed away from a plan to examine the curricula of advanced placement courses in American history. The board had disapproved of tests that didn’t promote “respect for authority” and that condoned “civil disorder.” This prompted... Read full post

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October 31, 2014
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

Whatever the results of this year’s election, one thing is clear: it will be decided by fewer than half of eligible voters. In the 2012 presidential election, voter turnout was 53.7%. But midterm elections have traditionally brought many fewer voters to the polls. In 2010, for example, turnout... Read full post

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October 17, 2014
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

The Ebola outbreak that has spread from West Africa to the United States has led Americans to debate how best to balance the nation’s common wealth and private wealth. The nation’s health is part of its common wealth. Many argue that mobilizing to fight Ebola is a matter of national security.... Read full post

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October 3, 2014
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity
Madison and Henry at the Tavern

How do we navigate perilous times?

At a time when our republic is seems to be threatened—by enemies abroad and by deep divisions at home—Connect’s October 17 webcast will re-create a moment when two of our leading founders debated stakes they considered every bit as high... Read full post

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October 30, 2013
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

At Colonial Williamsburg, the newly-reconstructed Public Armoury is a hub of essential military activity. Here, during the Revolution, James Anderson produced and maintained what soldiers needed, from repairing muskets to creating cups. Today the Armoury, based on extensive archaeological and... Read full post

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June 12, 2013
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Even before America became a nation, it was a place where people met from different cultures—Native American, European, African. And from America’s beginnings, there was tension between those who valued its diversity and those who feared this undercut the nation’s unity. In 1798, for example,... Read full post

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May 22, 2013
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

The administration admits to secretly combing through the home and cell phone records of almost 100 Associated Press reporters. These actions have been defended as necessary to determine the source of a leak concerning a plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner, but they have also led to calls for a... Read full post

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Topic: American Ideas

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October 17, 2014
Topic: American Ideas

It’s June 1788. Months after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, delegates meet in Richmond to ratify the proposed new form of government. Their debates expose very different ideas about what direction the young nation should take. James Madison, a chief architect and leading advocate... Read full post

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Topic: Declaring Independence

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September 19, 2014
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Declaring Independence
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

More than two hundred years after America declared its independence from England, Scotland voted by a margin of 55% to 45% to remain part of the United Kingdom. The vote means the continuation of a union that has existed since 1707.

Prior to the vote, United Kingdom leaders were united... Read full post

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Topic: War and the Military

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September 5, 2014
Topic: War and the Military
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Americans like to think they stand together in times of foreign crisis. But partisan differences have frequently made unity hard to come by.

Once considered an affiliate of al Qaeda, ISIS militants have increasingly gained control of territory in Syria and Iraq,... Read full post

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July 25, 2014
Topic: War and the Military
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to send National Guard troops to the Texas border. The move comes amid continuing disagreement about what to do about thousands of children who have crossed the border illegally. It also raises questions about how the National Guard should be used and who should... Read full post

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June 13, 2014
Topic: War and the Military
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The idea of the citizen-soldier is woven into the fabric of the nation, from the minutemen who defended Lexington and Concord to the men who stormed the beaches at Normandy 70 years ago this month. We celebrate the selflessness of citizens willing to fight to defend America. But many who serve... Read full post

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June 5, 2014
Topic: War and the Military
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

From Barbary to Bergdahl

When President Obama approved the deal to exchange five Taliban prisoners in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, he defended the decision on ethical grounds.

“This is what happens at the end of wars,” said Obama.

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Topic: First Amendment Rights

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August 22, 2014
Topic: First Amendment Rights
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Since August 9 crowds have assembled in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. But questions about whether the shooting of an unarmed 18-year old was justified have been set aside in the face of what many people call heavy-handed attempts to maintain... Read full post

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May 8, 2014
Topic: First Amendment Rights
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The annual White House correspondents’ dinner is best known for its comedy, and this year President Obama directed plenty of one-liners at both Republicans and himself. Some of his best jokes were at the expense of the press.

Obama made fun of CNN’s blanket coverage of the search for... Read full post

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Topic: Government and Law

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August 8, 2014
Topic: Government and Law
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

A series of botched executions has led many to question whether the death penalty has become a “cruel and unusual punishment” and thus prohibited by the Eight Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, who supports the death penalty, nevertheless said the recent... Read full post

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July 11, 2014
Topic: Government and Law
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics
“The legislature makes, the executive executes, and the judiciary construes the law; but… the precise boundary of this power is a subject of delicate and difficult inquiry.” –Chief Justice John Marshall, 1825

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September 4, 2013
Topic: Government and Law
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

At the Constitutional Convention there was actually very little debate about what branch of government should have war making authority. The framers agreed that as commander in chief, the president would need, in the words of James Madison, “the power to repel sudden attacks.” But, with Charles... Read full post

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Topic: American Society and Civil Rights

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June 26, 2014
Topic: American Society and Civil Rights
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

“We believe that all men are created equal. Yet many are denied equal treatment.”

“We believe that all men have certain unalienable rights. Yet many Americans do not enjoy those rights.”

“We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being... Read full post

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Topic: Our Diverse Nation

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June 16, 2014
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation

Becoming an American is a part of the path for many immigrants each year. On June 16, 2014, approximately 100 new American citizens will take the oath of citizenship on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

The keynote speaker is Michael Beschloss, presidential... Read full post

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March 13, 2014
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Ukraine is in the midst of a deep internal struggle to determine its identity. Is it an independent nation bridging East and West? Does a majority favor joining the Russian Federation? What about its growing ties with the European Union? Russia has denounced Ukraine’s new pro-Western government... Read full post

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January 10, 2014
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

Congress is debating a bill to extend benefits to the long-term unemployed, and President Obama is urging the House to follow suit. Democrats argue that the plan is necessary for the sake of both the economic recovery and the 1.3 million long-term unemployed. Republicans counter that the cost –... Read full post

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December 18, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

A recent federal court ruling banning a 43-foot cross on a San Diego hilltop has renewed the debate about the display of religious symbols on government-owned land. How should we draw the line separating church and state? Is there a happy medium between inviting all symbols into the public... Read full post

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December 10, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The Washington Redskins are under renewed pressure to change the team’s name. In a letter to team owner Dan Snyder signed by the co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, 10 members of Congress compared the “R-word” to the “N-word.” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, while conceding... Read full post

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July 24, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

The promise of the Declaration of Independence—that all men are created equal—was clearly not fulfilled in a land where slavery existed. Every generation of Americans has wrestled with how to discuss the legacy of slavery. The founders understood the evils of slavery but could see no way to get... Read full post

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July 10, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics
Couple getting married

By striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that gay couples married in states where gay marriage is legal are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

DOMA and United States v. Windsor were not the first... Read full post

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June 14, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation

Becoming an American is a part of the path for many immigrants each year. Approximately 100 new American citizens will take the oath of citizenship on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

The keynote speaker is Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief... Read full post

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March 6, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
People voting

Lydia Broadnax was once an enslaved cook for Thomas Jefferson’s teacher in Williamsburg and later a free woman running a boarding house in Richmond. Her story in some ways stands for that of African-American women throughout American history, who have demonstrated their strength while facing... Read full post

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February 27, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
People walking

“All men are created equal”—The phrase is immortalized in the Declaration of Independence, but this “self-evident” truth was far from reality for many Americans, including enslaved people, women, and Indians. Since Jefferson penned those words, Americans have used them to demand change: the end... Read full post

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February 20, 2013
Steadfast Spirits Series
Topic: Our Diverse Nation
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity
People singing

We think of the United States as a nation of immigrants. Most of us trace our ancestors to foreign lands, and many devote great time and resources to searching for our roots. DNA technology has made it possible for people to learn what regions their ancestors came from. For the descendants of... Read full post

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Topic: Science and Technology

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May 22, 2014
Topic: Science and Technology
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission asked for public comments on proposed rules to guarantee “net neutrality.” The rules would prohibit Internet providers from deliberately slowing the delivery of data, but they would allow content providers to pay for faster delivery—sort of like... Read full post

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Topic: Politics

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April 25, 2014
Topic: Politics
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case to determine whether an Ohio law that prohibits false statements about candidates violates the First Amendment.

The case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, resulted from a planned billboard campaign of an anti-abortion group. Susan B... Read full post

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March 27, 2014
Topic: Politics
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Last week Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe launched a new political action committee, Common Good Virginia PAC, which offers access to the governor and policy experts in return for donations. The announcement was accompanied by a list of events donors can attend in return for contributions... Read full post

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January 29, 2014
Topic: Politics
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reputation has taken a hit since it was revealed that underlings ordered lanes approaching the George Washington Bridge closed to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for opposing the governor. Allegations of politically motivated misdeeds seem to plague every government... Read full post

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October 17, 2013
Topic: Politics

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October 17, 2013
Topic: Politics

Join us for a live Connect webcast with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton about the battle between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans in 1796. Their struggles over partisanship and the role of the national government and economy resonate today.

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Topic: Freedom of Religion

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April 9, 2014
The Constitution Series
Topic: Freedom of Religion
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

The Supreme Court has decided not to review the case of Elane Photography v. Willock, which pitted a lesbian couple against a photographer who refused to take pictures of their commitment ceremony. That means the court decision finding that the photographer violated New Mexico’s Human Rights Act... Read full post

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April 2, 2013
The Constitution Series
Topic: Freedom of Religion
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
Religious man

Franklin, Jefferson, and Washington all held different opinions about the sacredness of the gospel and the presence of an omnipotent God. Was this nation built on Christian values?

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October 5, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Freedom of Religion

Live interactive webcast: Cathy Lewis, host; Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry discuss freedom of religion and its role in government.
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September 28, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Freedom of Religion
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

As a symbol of unity, our founders' Christian heritage exists in our Constitution but an increasingly diverse population expands America's religious philosophies and changes how we view our history. Are we a Christian nation?

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Topic: The European Union

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March 18, 2014
Topic: The European Union

In Support of: His Excellency Jörg Asmussen, Deputy Minister of Labor, Germany, and Former Member of the Executive Board of the the European Central Bank
Against: Dr. Liam Fox

Moderator: Mr. Roger Cohen, Columnist, New York... Read full post

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March 17, 2014
Topic: The European Union

As a fragile America emerged from the Revolutionary War in the late 18th century, a newly formed government had to address the varying degrees of indebtedness among the 13 states and balance the extent to which economic and financial authority should rest with the states or with federal... Read full post

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Topic: American Foreign Policy

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February 28, 2014
Topic: American Foreign Policy
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The U.S. has conducted talks with the Taliban about releasing 5 accused terrorists being held at Guantanamo prison in exchange for the safe return of Bowe Bergdahl, an American captured and held by a Taliban-affiliated group since 2009. The negotiations raise questions not only about the best... Read full post

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August 20, 2013
Topic: American Foreign Policy
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Egypt’s revolution has taken a violent turn. The Egyptian army has killed hundreds of civilian supporters of the toppled Morsi government. Retaliation has taken the form of attacks on soldiers and the destruction of a score of Coptic Christian churches. Despite a law requiring that aid be cut... Read full post

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May 8, 2013
Topic: American Foreign Policy
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

“Why stand we here idle?” That’s what Patrick Henry asked in 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution. Within weeks thirteen of Britain’s colonies had engaged the fight to overthrow tyranny, as they characterized it in the Declaration of Independence. But the newly minted... Read full post

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November 16, 2011
Topic: American Foreign Policy
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

America's role as a world power elicits debate about ethical and legal responsibilities. Is one responsibility more important than the other?

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Topic: Revolution

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February 12, 2014
Topic: Revolution
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

“The most important story of the early twenty-first century,” writes the reporter and scholar Robin Wright, “is the epic convulsion across the Arab world.” With Congress considering either new sanctions or a deal with Iran, with Syria appearing to descend further into Civil War each day, with... Read full post

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June 26, 2013
Topic: Revolution
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

As George Washington led his troops from Williamsburg to Yorktown in 1781, he knew a decisive battle awaited them. And victory at Yorktown did indeed secure American independence.
The outcome of more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been as clear-cut. These are wars fought... Read full post

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June 19, 2013
Topic: Revolution
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

When the British occupied Williamsburg in April 1781, they were led by Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, once a famous American patriot and now an infamous traitor to the American cause. Arnold denied he was a traitor, arguing it was the rebels who brought hardship upon their country and the... Read full post

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Webcast
June 27, 2013
Topic: Revolution

The Revolutionary War was not perceived as a successful campaign by most Williamsburg residents in 1781. As the confidence of the revolution was waning, Patriots were questioning the abilities of Washington to provide a great victory in the midst of an economy in shambles, slaves running away... Read full post

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Topic: Founding Ideals

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October 16, 2013
Topic: Founding Ideals
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

Congress sets the debt ceiling—the amount of money the federal government can borrow to pay what it owes. But there’s nothing about a debt ceiling in the Constitution, which gives Congress the power to authorize spending but not to manage debt. In fact, there was no debt ceiling until Congress... Read full post

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October 2, 2013
Topic: Founding Ideals
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

The Constitution requires that Congress fund the federal government. House Republicans won’t pass a funding bill unless it includes amendments delaying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Republicans argue Obamacare is a dangerous extension of the powers of... Read full post

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Topic: The Cause For America

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September 18, 2013
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: The Cause For America
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

In a New York Times op-ed piece, Russian president Vladimir Putin wrote: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. . . . We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal... Read full post

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May 9, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: The Cause For America
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth
Militia marching

In 1776, with no money to buy food for his family, Williamsburg carpenter Alexander Hoy felt he had no choice but to enlist in the Revolutionary army. Since the Vietnam War, America has relied on volunteers, and some have argued that as a result the burdens of the war have been borne primarily... Read full post

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Topic: Political Campaigning

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August 7, 2013
Topic: Political Campaigning
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

San Diego mayor Bob Filner is being sued for sexual harassment. New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has admitted he continued “sexting” women even after scandal forced his resignation from Congress. These are just the latest in a long history of politicians whose personal actions have been... Read full post

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January 1, 2012
Topic: Political Campaigning
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Voters say it turns them off, yet few candidates can resist the temptation. Its practitioners say they are just telling voters what they need to know. It's usually legal and, at least sometimes, it works: Newt Gingrich blamed negative ads for his quick fall in Iowa. Are negative ads ethical?

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January 18, 2012
Topic: Political Campaigning
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Corporations have nearly the same First Amendment rights as citizens. Does their freedom of speech come at the expense of the equal rights of individual citizens to determine who wins an election?

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Topic: Elections

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June 8, 2013
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

In 1776, suffrage was generally limited to white male property-owning Protestants over the age of 21. Throughout our history, the United States has recognized the increasing diversity of American citizens and expanded voting rights to eliminate restrictions based on race, gender, wealth, and... Read full post

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November 7, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

Many pundits are predicting the election results mean continued gridlock. We seem to be a house divided: between the president and Congress, between blue states and red, between Democrats and Republicans. Are we one nation?

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October 31, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

We know, of course, that what voters say influences pollsters. But the reverse may also be true, and that’s why the media doesn’t announce the result of exit polls on election day until all votes are in. Is there a way to limit the influence of polls without limiting freedom of the press?

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October 24, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Presidential and vice-presidential debates are often remembered less for substantive debate than for clever one-liners. But should these zingers influence who we vote for? Even though many memorable lines have come from losing candidates, they are frequently remembered for helping to define the... Read full post

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October 18, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections

Can compromise and cooperative solutions exist in a climate of extreme partisanship? See how leaders can set examples for clean campaigns as well as mud-slinging ones.

The webcast is hosted by Julie Silverbrook, from the non-profit Constitutional Sources Project... Read full post

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September 26, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

Super PACs may spend more than $2 billion on the 2012 presidential election. Some see this as contributors exercising their freedom of speech, others as undermining the equality of all voters. Do we need to rein in the influence of Super PACs?

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September 20, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections

Join host Cathy Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and professors Rebecca Green and Henry Chambers as they discuss voting rights, voter ID laws, and how voting has changed since the founding of our nation.

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September 12, 2012
Election Series
Topic: Elections
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Many Republicans maintain the laws prevent fraud. Many Democrats argue they keep minorities and the poor from voting. The election may hang in the balance. Do voter ID laws suppress the vote?

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Topic: The Federal Tax System

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May 15, 2013
Topic: The Federal Tax System
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

A tax on tea sparked the Boston Tea Party of 1773, raising tensions that ultimately led to the American Revolution. Taxes and tea parties are again a controversial brew, following revelations that the IRS targeted for special scrutiny conservative political groups, including those whose names... Read full post

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November 2, 2011
Topic: The Federal Tax System
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth

Presidential candidates address the national debt and taxation, issues that have been around for centuries. Can we develop a fair system of taxation?

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Topic: Egyptian Revolution

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April 24, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

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April 24, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

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April 23, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

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Webcast
April 23, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

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April 25, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

Welcoming remarks by Dr. John Hamre, President & CEO and Pritzker Chair, CSIS

Panel One - The New Egypt and the West

Panelists
· Mr. Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, the Orascom Group
· Dr. Manar El-Shorbagy, Former Deputy Secretary General of... Read full post

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Webcast
April 24, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

Join us for a live webcast as a panel discusses democracy following the Arab Spring.

This discussion will attempt to chart a course forward from the revolutionary upheaval known as the Arab Spring. The panelists are:
· Amr Darrag, chairman and executive board member of the Freedom... Read full post

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April 24, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

Join us for a live webcast of an address by Khaled Ismail, Chairman, Endeavor Egypt

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This webcast is part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS... Read full post

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April 23, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

Join us for a live webcast as a panel discusses U.S. military aid in Egypt.

As Egypt has been the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid, the issue of U.S. military cooperation with Egypt has moved to the forefront of political discussion. The panel of presenters includes:
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April 23, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution

Watch a live address from Dr. Sherif Kamel, Dean of the School of Business at the American University in Cairo

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This webcast is part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the... Read full post

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April 12, 2013
The New Egypt Series
Topic: Egyptian Revolution
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics
Colonial gentlemen

America’s democracy did not emerge immediately or easily from the Revolutionary War. The Declaration of Independence turned colonies into states, but it did not unite them into a single government. The new nation struggled under the Articles of Confederation’s weak central government until it... Read full post

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Topic: Women's Equal Rights

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March 1, 2013
Topic: Women's Equal Rights

How do the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution affect African American women through the Revolution, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights era?

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Topic: Independence Day

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July 4, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Independence Day
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth
Declaration of Independence

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: These are among the most famous words from the Declaration of Independence, and most Americans would agree that they are our “unalienable rights.” But can a government make us happy?

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June 27, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Independence Day
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity
Fireworks

When news reached Williamsburg that the Declaration of Independence had been adopted, its words were read at three locations in the city and the Virginia Gazette reported parading of troops, booming of cannon, and firing of muskets “amidst the acclamations of the people.” Are fireworks the best... Read full post

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June 13, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Independence Day
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity
U.S. Flag

The flag is the symbol of our unity as a nation and perhaps also of our diversity as represented by the 50 stars and 13 stripes. Should we be free to show it any place and any way we want—and even to burn it?

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June 21, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Independence Day

Independence Day makes us think of patriotism and loyalty. Join host Cathy Lewis and John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Mercy Otis Warren as they discuss the ideals and issues that lead us to independence.

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May 19, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Independence Day

How does a community decide to rebel against its government? Watch how Williamsburg chose independence in May's live webcast, hosted and moderated by public radio personality Cathy Lewis. See reenactments from our Revolutionary City program alongside interviews and discussion from historians and... Read full post

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Topic: Declaration of Independence

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May 30, 2012
Independence Day Series
Topic: Declaration of Independence
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
Crowd of people

“We hold these truths,” the Declaration of Independence declares, “to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . .” In a nation still debating how to balance freedom and equality, can the words of the Declaration still inspire and guide us?

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Topic: A Declaration of Independence

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May 16, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: A Declaration of Independence
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth
Soldier with horse

In March 1775, Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Would you die for... Read full post

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Topic: Swordplay

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May 2, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: Swordplay
Value Tension: Private wealth vs. Common Wealth
Men in sword fight

In September 1775, an eager young officer from Virginia approached a fencing master. The master, a veteran of the French and Indian War, offered not only instruction on swordplay but warnings about the bloodshed to come. Even when Americans determine a cause is just, they must calculate the... Read full post

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Topic: A Court of Tar and Feathers

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April 25, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: A Court of Tar and Feathers
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

In September 1776, soldiers in Williamsburg were determined to do their duty—as they saw it. A company of volunteers seized one local resident unsympathetic to their cause and threatened to tar and feather him. Dissenters have often faced trouble during wartime. It’s part of Americans’... Read full post

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Topic: The Gale from the North

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April 14, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: The Gale from the North

Watch “live” the first scene of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City program and join a discussion with host Cathy Lewis, historians, and “Peyton Randolph” and “Mann Page.” We’ll examine the choices colonists faced on the eve of the Revolution.

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April 10, 2012
Revolutionary City Series
Topic: The Gale from the North
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics
Townspeople gather on street

Williamsburg was in an uproar in April 1775 as word spread of British attempts to seize arms in Virginia and Massachusetts. In Williamsburg, an angry crowd gathered, and violence was only narrowly averted. At Lexington and Concord, shots were fired. Rebelling against your government risks... Read full post

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Topic: Women's History Month

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March 14, 2012
Topic: Women's History Month
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
Colonial woman

The controversy over forcing religious organizations to include birth control as part of health insurance plans is just the latest intersection of politics and women’s health. Have politics affected women's health?

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March 1, 2012
Topic: Women's History Month
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
Colonial woman

1770s

In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote her husband, telling him to “Remember the Ladies.” John Adams, then a delegate to the Continental Congress that would soon declare independence, responded by teasing his wife.“Rather than be subjected to the “despotism of the petticoat,” he wrote back... Read full post

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Topic: Assemble and Petition

Webcast
October 18, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Assemble and Petition

Live interactive webcast: Cathy Lewis, host; patriot Patrick Henry and law professor Henry Chambers discuss the role of protest in America.
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October 12, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Assemble and Petition
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Sometimes laws violate our core ethical beliefs. Since citizenship means taking an active role in self-government, some citizens have risked arrest to protest unfair policies. Is breaking the law to bring change ever justified?

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Topic: Framing the Constitution

Webcast
September 22, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Framing the Constitution

Live interactive webcast: Cathy Lewis, host; George Washington and James Madison discuss creation of the Constitution and intent of the founders.
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September 12, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: Framing the Constitution
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind." Sometimes, changes in our ethical views compel us to amend our Constitution. Are constitutional amendments necessary?

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Topic: Black History Month

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February 15, 2012
Topic: Black History Month
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity
Drawing of slave in chains

Black History Month evolved to commemorate our diversity, but some critics say it undercuts American unity. Is it important to observe Black History Month today?

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February 1, 2012
Topic: Black History Month
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality
Drawing of slave in chains

The relationships between owners and slaves, though legal, were of course inherently unequal and unethical. They were also sometimes surprisingly intimate. Has history taught us anything about those early relationships?

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Topic: The Holidays' Religious Roots

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December 1, 2011
Topic: The Holidays' Religious Roots
Decorating for Christmas

America cherishes its freedoms, among them the freedom to practice any religion or no religion at all.

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Topic: State and Federal Rights

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October 26, 2011
Topic: State and Federal Rights
Value Tension: Unity vs. Diversity

In some instances, states have abused their powers, requiring federal intervention. In other cases, powers may best be left to the states. Has the federal government weakened state power too much?

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Topic: Voter ID Laws

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October 19, 2011
Topic: Voter ID Laws
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics
At the polls

State laws that require voters to provide photo identification before voting may limit fraud but also present a barrier to the right to vote. Are voter ID laws necessary?

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Topic: The Courts

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October 5, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: The Courts
Value Tension: Law vs. Ethics

The Constitution guarantees the right to trial by jury, but not every American finds it convenient to serve. Often the personal demands of work and family are stronger than the duties of serving the common good. Is it fair to require jury duty?

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Topic: A Right to Own Slaves

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September 28, 2011
The Constitution Series
Topic: A Right to Own Slaves
Value Tension: Freedom vs Equality

Affirmative action can restrict our individual freedom to do business with, hire, or accept whomever we choose in order to ensure more equality for disadvantaged groups. Should affirmative action programs be discontinued?

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