Press Release

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Joins Civics Renewal Network’s Coast-to-Coast Celebration of Constitution Day



Lively look at importance of civics education, teaching the Constitution, and the responsibility of Stewarding America

Special Feature: Keynote address by NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams

CAMBRIDGE, MA | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an organization born seven years before the Constitution itself, is joining a nation-wide celebration of Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The American Academy, in partnership with the Civics Renewal Network, will present events in Washington, DC at the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum.

A lively discussion on Stewarding America begins at 11a.m., followed at a special luncheon keynote address by newly appointed National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, William “Bro” Adams.

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Celebration of Constitution Day

September 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Newseum, 7th floor, Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (Please use Freedom Forum Entrance on 6th St., NW)

Stewarding America: Institutions and Civic Life Featuring:

  • Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Patricia Wald, Retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • Joel Klein, News Corp; formerly, New York City Department of Education
  • Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute, formerly, U.S. House of Representatives

Following this informative discussion, William “Bro” Adams will address the audience. Adams, who was confirmed as the 10th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in July 2014, previously served from 2000 to June 2014 as President of Colby College in Waterville, Maine. A committed advocate for liberal arts and humanities education, Adams is also an Army veteran who served as a combat infantry veteran in Vietnam. Adams has always maintained an understanding and commitment to the humanities as essential to education and to civic life.

This event will be live streamed at Join the American Academy (@americanacad‬‬) on Twitter for this event, #Civics2014, and follow us on Facebook.‬‬

For a list of other Constitution Day events from the Civics Renewal Network, please check here.

Media are welcome to attend. Please enter at the Freedom Forum entrance on 6th Street, NW.

Contact: Felicia K. Knight, 207 831 5676,

About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. Current Academy research focuses on science and technology policy; global security and international affairs; institutions of democracy; the humanities and culture; and education. With headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Academy’s work is advanced by its 4,600 elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

About the Civics Renewal Network
The Civics Renewal Network is an alliance of 26 organizations dedicated to raising the visibility of civics education and providing free, high-quality resources for teachers and classes through The partners include the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Constitution Center, the NEH’s EDSITEment Project, the Newseum and the U.S. Courts.




Stewarding America

Norman Jay Ornstein