monthly constitutionals

Monthly Constitutional: The Influence of Rome

Penn classics professor (and TPS parent) Campbell Grey was today's guest presenter in the second of this year's series of 8th grade Monthly Constitutionals.

Cam spoke to students about the legacy of ancient Rome in American political and philosophical discourse. Students considered the reasons why the Supreme Court looks almost exactly like a Roman temple and and why George Washington is depicted in apotheosis in the Capitol building. Cam also provided a masterful summary of ancient Roman history at the same time – all in 45 minutes!

(Teachers Emily Marston and Ashley Opalka were particularly delighted with today's discussion – they were both classics majors!) 


Monthly Constitutionals Begin

Attorney and TPS parent Josh Wolson kicked off our third annual series of Monthly Constitutionals in the 8th grade.  The students are just beginning their examination of the US Constitution, with a focus on the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments. Josh's gripping story about the the history and recovery of a long-lost original copy of the Bill of Rights - which involved an FBI sting operation right here in Philadelphia - was an exciting way to begin the year's Constitutional studies.

Next month's Monthly Constitutional will feature Campbell Grey, a TPS parent and Penn assistant professor of classical studies, who will help students discover the political connections between ancient Rome and the United States.


Monthly Constitutional Line-Up

We are excited to be lining up next year's Monthly Constitutional speakers!  Monthly Constitutionals are presentations to our 8th graders by scholars, attorneys, activists, and civic leaders; their presentations connect to topics related to the students' year-long study of the U.S. Constitution.

Already signed up are

  • attorney Josh Wolson, who will share the story of lost copies of the Bill of Rights
  • UPenn Professor Campbell Grey, who will speak about how Rome became part of our nation's foundation
  • former city director of federal affairs and current candidate for Philadelphia mayor Terry Gillen, who will talk about campaign financing and the First Amendment
  • Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, who will discuss how judges are selected in our state
  • attorney and former federal prosecutor Richard Zack, who will describe the work of the prosecution in the criminal justice system
  • public defender Ben West '93, who will discuss poverty and the justice system
  • Liza Rodriguez, Ph.D. (urban education), who will lead a discussion about statehood and Puerto Rico
  • UPenn law professor Dorothy Roberts, whose topic will be privacy and the family
  • attorney Deborah Gordon Klehr, who will focus on the rights of minors