August 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Meg Mott, professor of Politics at Marlboro College, to discuss the 1st, 2nd, 19th and 20th amendments to the US Constitution. These talks will happen outdoors in salon-style seating.

In the 21st century, the Second Amendment took on a new life. In two recent Supreme Court rulings, the right to bear arms was transformed from a collective right of state militias to a personal right of self-defense. We will consider why the Framers wanted an armed citizenry, how the Second Amendment lost ground during the tragic failure of Reconstruction, and what the emphasis on individual self-defense tells us about the health of our democracy. In case of heavy rain, this outdoor event will take place on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 pm.