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New Head of National Constitution Center Sees Role in Improving Discourse

(Jeffrey Rosen.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

(Jeffrey Rosen. Photo by John Ostapkovich)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The incoming president and CEO of the National Constitution Center attends his first official event this evening, three weeks before he officially takes over.

Prior to moderating an event with a Constitution Center trustee, Jeffrey Rosen — a George Washington University law professor — talked with KYW Newsradio about his vision for the museum.  He said he wants it to be a resource for America and the world, to get both sides of any contested Constitutional issue.

And he notes that many of the center’s visitors are schoolchildren.

“Is there a challenge?  Of course,” Rosen said today.  “At every age citizens can engage with the Constitution on a different level.  I teach law students, so it’s one thing to talk about it with them.  And I’m also the proud dad of two six-year-old boys, and we have little mini-Constitutional debates at the dinner table.”

And not about whether refusing to eat Brussels sprouts can be held against them but, for example, the boundaries of privacy in a public space such as Independence Mall.

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