Introducing Re-vision, a new podcast mini-series exploring the US Constitution

The US Constitution was a radical document in 1787, written by forward-thinking men to guide a new country, America. Re-Vision explores how some of their revolutionary ideas — like freedom of speech and the right to a speedy trial — apply to contemporary issues. Hosted by Lee Stabert, editor in chief of Keystone Edge, each episode pairs a scholar with a working practitioner to discuss the meaning and intentions of this founding document and its real life implications today. Re-vision consists of four full episodes and a capstone reflection. It launched in the lead up to and following Constitution Day on September 17, 2023. The podcast emerged from the If You Were In The Room project.

Available on Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music/Audible, and RSS.

How do we reconcile our Constitutional right to freedom of speech with contemporary issues like book banning and misinformation?

  • John Culhane, J.D., Distinguished Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Family Health Law & Policy Institute at Widener University
  • Elaine Maimon, PhD., Advisor, American Council on Education, past president Governors State University
  • Joslyn Diffenbaugh, founder of Kutztown Teen Banned Book Club, 2022 recipient of the HMH Foundation’s First Amendment Award

In an era of mass incarceration, what relevance do our Founders' intentions for a fair and just legal system have for us today?

  • Zamir Ben-Dan, PhD., Assistant Professor of Law at Temple University
  • Damon McWhite, Interim Director of Restorative Justice at Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • December Collins, Restorative Justice Guild participant at Mural Arts Philadelphia

How should we interpret our historic right to bear arms in light of America's current gun violence epidemic?

  • Isaiah Thomas, Philadelphia City Councilmember, At Large
  • Kermit Roosevelt, J.D., David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Cayla Waddington, Enough is Enough steering committee
  • Donald Harris, J.D., LL.M., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Liaison; Professor of Law at Temple University
  • Tayyib Smith, entrepreneur; founding partner and chief strategist at The Growth Collective
  • Anna Skeels (they/them/theirs), student, playwright/performer, LGBTQIA+ advocate, If You Were In The Room participant

What is the enduring relevance of the US Constitution and why is it still so important for everyone, especially young people, to have meaningful conversations about it?

  • Jeffrey Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center
Re-vision has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the A More Perfect Union initiative. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, PA Humanities, or their partners.

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