Constitution Day 2010 Events

MAGPI and its members and partners are offering several events this week in celebration of Constitution Day on September 17th. 

High School Students Across the Country Decide: Are the Principles of the U.S. Constitution Reflected in Your School?

MAGPI is pleased to help promote this program for its member The National Constitution Center

On Thursday September 16th, students from schools across the country will discuss the principles of the U.S. Constitution and whether or not they are reflected in their schools during The Exchange at the National Constitution Center. The program will take place on Thursday, September 16, 2010, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, as part of the Center’s week-long celebration of Constitution Day on September 17. The Exchange engages high school students in deliberation about current constitutional issues in a national videoconference format that promotes mutual respect. Any school in the country can view a live broadcast of the event at www.constitutioncenter.org/exchange, where curricular material to support classroom discussion of the topic is also available. Be sure to check out other events for Constitution Week at www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday.  

International Student Summit: Cyber Security & Civil Liberties

MAGPI is pleased to partner with Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3, Cornell School District, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the National Flag Foundation to offer a live webstream of the panel discussion and Q&A of this Constitution Day event. 

On the occasion of Constitution Day, Cornell School District, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, The National Flag Foundation, and Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 will present an International Student Summit on Cyber Security and Civil Liberties for high school students around the world. The Student Summit will connect students in the Pittsburgh region to students in countries around the world through video conference and webcast, engaging them in a dialogue exploring the tensions between cyber security and civil liberties issues.

Over the past few months, popular international magazines, news channels, and blogs have alerted audiences to the threat of cyberwar. The recent creation of the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence (CCD) Centre of Excellence show just how seriously national governments and international bodies are taking this new threat. As the world becomes increasingly dependent on the Internet, cyber attacks could affect technological infrastructure such as power grids and banking systems. However, no formal definition exists for cyberwar. How can countries distinguish between hacking and an outright act of war? As governments debate how to grapple with this new security threat, how can an international dialogue contribute to meeting this new global challenge? History shows that times of war have called for special security measures, sometimes at the expense of civil liberties. What are militaries, governments, and corporations doing to protect the internet? And what effect will cyber security measures have on civil liberties?

As part of this event, the panel discussion and Q&A session with leaders who will share their perspectives on key cyber security and civil liberties issues, including free speech and privacy, will be webcast live. Confirmed panelists include Ms. Kim Zetter, Contributor, Wired  Magazine; Mr. Ron Plesco, President and CEO,  National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance; and Mr. Jaanus Kirikmäe, Consul General, Estonia. Panelists will share their perspectives on key cyber security and civil liberties  issues.

The webstream will be live approximately ten minutes before the event, with content beginning at 9:00 AM EDT. The stream can be accessed at: http://streams.net.isc.upenn.edu/Playerpages/magpi/MagpiVideoPlayer.htm

Constitution Day: The Rule of Law - A Civics Lesson with Pennsylvania First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell

MAGPI is pleased to offer this program in collaboration with PennCORD

On September 17 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT, this interactive session with Pennsylvania First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell will explore how school rules, community ordinances, state and federal laws work together for the common good. The rule of law is one of the most vital concepts to the success of our legal system, and indeed, to society in general. Rules established in the classroom, at home, within a school—all are meant to ensure a degree of fairness and interest in the common good.  In light of Constitution Day, how does the 224 year-old document reveal the rule of law?  How do federal judges and attorneys use the concept to protect society and the individual? 

This event will be WEBSTREAMED live for non-interactive viewing. Advanced registration is not required for webstream viewing, and anyone with internet connectivity may view the stream. The webstream will be live approximately ten minutes before the event, with content beginning at 1:00 PM EDT. The stream can be accessed at: http://streams.net.isc.upenn.edu/Playerpages/magpi/MagpiVideoPlayer.htm