Our Common Ground

The National Conference on the First Amendment: Bedrock of American Freedoms, held at Duquesne University on October 21-22, 2018, opened a dialogue with Americans about the First Amendment and its central role in maintaining the viability of our democratic institutions. At a time when incivility and disregard for foundational principles have become the norm in our society, the conference set out to reinforce that all Americans—regardless of ideology or politics—can find common ground in a national celebration of the First Amendment.

National Constitution Center Podcast

With the help of some of the best minds in the country, this conference challenged Americans to rediscover the First Amendment's central role in our democracy. Now, in conjunction with the National Constitution Center's #1AUSA podcast series, selected presentations are available to view:

May 7, 2019
#1AUSA Part One: RBG, Noel Francisco, Juan Williams

May 21, 2019
#1AUSA Part Two: John Kasich, Hugh Hewitt, Mary Beth Tinker

June 4, 2019
#1AUSA Part Three: Michael Hayden, Tom Ridge, Floyd Abrams

June 18, 2019
#1AUSA Part Four: Nancy Gibbs, Dean Baquet, James O'Keefe

July 2, 2019
#1AUSA Part Five: The Slants, Teresa Sullivan, Suki Kim

"Meet the Speakers" art above was created by and used with permission of Liza Donnelly.