Toward a More Perfect Union

What Do We the People Want Today?
After more than 200 years, is the "heart of our democracy" still alive and well? It's time to take a fresh look at the United States Constitution. Watch a special screening from the PBS series Constitution USA (featuring master wit, Peter Sagal). Then it's your turn to talk, listen, search for answers, and ask more questions.

Join the Conversations

Nine cities, four topics — join a conversation near you!

A More Perfect Union - Who holds the power in the balancing act between the states and the federal government? Where do we fit in?

It's a Free Country - Americans are fiercely proud of their freedoms, but how do we draw the line between basic rights of individuals and common good?

Created Equal - Are we living up to the promise of liberty and justice for all? Or are some folks missing from the equation?

Built to Last? - Is our Constitution up to the challenge of the 21st century? What do we need to do now to form a more perfect union?

All events are free and open to the public
League of Women Voters, Golden Valley
In partnership with the City of Golden Valley, Hennepin County Library, and Golden Valley Human Rights Commission
September 25, 6:45 p.m. - It's a Free Country, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka
November 20, 7 p.m. - Created EqualBrookview Community Center, Golden Valley

Rochester Public Library
In partnership with League of Women Voters, Rochester Community and Technical College Learning Is ForEver (LIFE) Program, RNeighbors, ISD 535 Community Education, Rochester Issues Forum, and Rochester Tea Party Patriots
September 17, 1 p.m. - A More Perfect Union, Heintz Center
September 17, 6:30 p.m. - A More Perfect Union, Rochester Public Library
November 19, 1 p.m. - Built to Last, Heintz Center
November 19, 6:30 p.m. - Built to Last, Rochester Public Library

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota September 17, 5:30 p.m. -  Brian Coyle Center, Minneapolis

Hastings Community Education
In partnership with Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council
October 21, 6:30 p.m. - Built to Last, Tilden Community Center, Hastings

Carleton College
In partnership with Northfield Public Library, Northfield High School, League of Women Voters of Cannon Valley, Healthy Communities Initiative, Northfield Human Rights Commission, and Arcadia Charter School
September 17, 7 p.m. -  Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield

Duluth Public Library
In partnership with League of Women Voters, Community Action Duluth, Duluth Family YMCA, and Duluth Library Foundation
October 13, 6:30 p.m. - It's a Free Country, West Duluth Branch Library, Duluth
October 27, 6:30 p.m. - Built to Last, Main Library, Duluth

Whitney Senior Center - City of St. Cloud September 30, 9:30 a.m. - A More Perfect Union, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
October 2, 9:30 a.m. - It's a Free Country, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
October 21, 6:30 p.m. - Built to Last, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
October 25, 9:30 a.m. - Created Equal, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud

Ramsey County Library - Roseville
In partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Minnesota
October 2, 7 p.m. - It's a Free Country, Roseville Library, Roseville
October 9, 7 p.m. - Created Equal, Roseville Library, Roseville
October 16, 7 p.m. - Built to Last, Roseville Library, Roseville

Carver County Library - Chanhassen
In partnership with School District 112 Community Education, Chanhassen Senior Center, and Friends of the Chanhassen Library
October 7, 6:30 p.m. - A More Perfect Union, Chanhassen Library, Chanhassen
October 14, 6:30 p.m. - It's a Free Country, Chanhassen Library, Chanhassen
October 21, 6:30 p.m. - Created Equal, Chanhassen Library, Chanhassen
October 28, 6:30 p.m. - Built to Last, Chanhassen Library, Chanhassen

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Toward a More Perfect Union

Drawing on the unique resources of the humanities, the Humanities Center builds a thoughtful, literate, engaged society. Toward a More Perfect Union is a new initiative that furthers these goals by harnessing the power of conversation to explore the most basic yet profound questions of our democracy. Through locally shaped, facilitated dialogues in communities throughout our state, Minnesotans of diverse backgrounds and experiences are exploring the United States Constitution as a living document in their lives.

CONSTITUTION USA

The guiding resource for Toward a More Perfect Union is the acclaimed four-part national PBS television series CONSTITUTION USA, which was produced by Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). The series’ themes include the relationship of the federal government and the states, individual freedoms and the Bill of Rights, equal protection and due process under the law, and popular sovereignty (We the People!) and the separation of powers.  

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Fei, elizabethf@mnhum.org, 651-_772-4244.

Toward a More Perfect Union is supported in part with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Funding for CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal is provided by U.S. Bank Wealth Management, Anne Ray Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.