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Lecture: Understanding the United States Constitution  

Instructor: Ann Cain and Dan Leahy

  • March 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

The Constitution has been described as a living document, which affects our everyday life in very real ways. Join us for a study of the history, structure, and future of this "bundle of compromises" that is the foundation of our government. We will examine the who, what, when, where, and why of the writing of the oldest national constitution in the world. We will consider how the principles of checks and balances, federalism, and rule of law were built into our founding document. Finally, our class will discuss how amendments have allowed the U.S. Constitution to change with the times.

Ann Cain spent 39 years teaching American history and government to high school and community college students in several states including Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and her master’s degree in history from the University of Tulsa. She is a James Madison Foundation Fellow with a special interest in the creation of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. Ann is a member of the LLI program committee.

Dan Leahy is a retired federal government employee with over 30 years of public service in international trade. Dan is a longtime member of LLI and taught the Current Events Discussions and Great Decisions classes for several years. He is a past president of LLI and currently is a member of the program committee.