Just in time for National Constitution Day (September 17), the National Constitution Center has a new initiative for constitutional education and civil dialogue. Through the Center’s Classroom Exchanges program, teachers engage students in dialogue and deepen their constitutional knowledge. Teachers can register their class to discuss a relevant constitutional question with another classroom somewhere else in the United States. The National Constitution Center facilitates these civil dialogues by providing instructional materials, pairing classrooms, connecting them with an expert moderator, and setting up videoconferencing sessions. The exchanges provide a platform for uniting students of different backgrounds and perspectives, and increasing students’ constitutional knowledge while cultivating habits for civil dialogue.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
Filmmaker Ken Burns’s website, UNUM, is a new way to explore American history through scenes selected from across more than 40 documentaries. Visitors to the site can explore stories and topics by Themes, Events, People, Wars, and Time, as well as by AP US History Themes. For example, the UNUM short film “The Mythology of Monuments” explores what role monuments play in our culture.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.