Free Public Forum on the Future of Liberty in America

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Forum is part of a Constitution Day program including Constitutional Seminar for local teachers. Free public forum open to all Wichita area residence features discussion of the rise, fall, and rebirth of freedom. Public forum is part of a Constitution Day awareness effort organized by the bill of rights institute and funded by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.

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We are delighted to have one of the nation's foremost experts on the Constitution speaking on such an important topic at our third annual public forum in Wichita

Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, will deliver a free public lecture Thursday, September 16 in the Riverview Room at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

Titled Two Americas: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Freedom, the public lecture is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and underwritten by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary reception followed by the program at 6:15 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required no later than Friday, September 10th by phoning 316-828-5624.

“We are delighted to have one of the nation’s foremost experts on the Constitution speaking on such an important topic at our third annual public forum in Wichita,” said Dr. Jason Ross, vice president of education programs at the Bill of Rights Institute. “Constitution Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on the blessings of liberty Americans have enjoyed, and on the challenge of preserving these liberties for our children. I know Dr. Thompson’s remarks will help Wichita citizens understand and appreciate the importance of our Constitution at this pivotal time in our nation’s history.”

“This public lecture offers a rare opportunity to interact with such an engaging and acclaimed scholar,” said Susan Addington, grants manager for the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. “Dr. Thompson’s knowledge of history and deep understanding of our nation’s Constitution will make this an inspiring presentation.”

In addition to the public lecture, Dr. Thompson will offer a day-long Constitutional Seminar for Wichita-area social studies teachers of grades 8-12 titled, “Liberty and the Founders: In Their Own Words,” also sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and funded by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. Teachers will participate in discussions led by Dr. Thompson and three teaching strategies sessions conducted by Bill of Rights Institute Master Teacher, Gennie Westbrook.

The Constitutional Seminar will be held Thursday, September 16 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30p.m. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and teachers can register no later than September 9th by phoning 703-894-1776.

Media Fast Facts:
About Dr. C. Bradley Thompson:
C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton, Harvard and the University of London. Professor Thompson is the author of the prize-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, and the recently released, Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea. He is lectured on education reform and the American Revolution, and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers worldwide.

About the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation:
Established in 1952, the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation focuses on non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life in Kansas. The foundation works to advance a culture of individual freedom, responsibility, and principled entrepreneurship. Mary Koch (1907-1990), a 1929 graduate of Wellesley College, was widely recognized for her contributions to the arts. Fred Koch (1900-1967), graduated from MIT in 1922 and co-founded what is now Koch Industries, Inc. in 1940.

About the Bill of Rights Institute:
The Bill of Rights Institute, founded in 1999, is a nonprofit educational organization. The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

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