Civility, Cooperation and Compromise: Why Our Constitution Requires Them

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Join us on September 21 at 6:30 pm at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College for the William Treat Lecture for a conversation with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Virginia Prescott of Georgia Public Broadcasting in "Civility, Cooperation, & Compromise: Why Our Constitutional Republic Requires Them." 

It takes a great deal of civility, cooperation, and compromise for our constitutional republic to operate effectively and responsibly. Susan M. Collins, Maine’s senior United States Senator, will draw from her more than 21 years of collaborative legislative experience to provide insight on these values in the next William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking. 

Senator Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996. She ranks 14th in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. Senator Collins chairs the Senate Aging Committee and the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. She also serves on the Intelligence Committee and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. For the last five consecutive years, Senator Collins has ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate, and she recently received the inaugural Jacob Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership. Known for her Maine work ethic, Senator Collins has never missed a roll call vote, casting more than 6,700.

Virginia Prescott will join the discussion with Senator Collins. Prescott is host of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought. She was founding host of NHPR’s Word of Mouth and Civics 101 podcasts. Prescott was editor, producer, and director for NPR daily news programs, and has helped build civic dialogue through independent media in post-conflict zones from the Balkans to Sierra Leone. She is the recipient of a “Gracie,” a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University, and a Peabody Award.

This event is free and open to the public. Register


Constitutionally Speaking is a collaboration of NH Institute for Civics Education, NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire Humanities, NH Supreme Court Society, and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at UNH School of Law. This program is made possible by the William W. Treat Foundation.