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August 1, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis will appear in an event open to the public this morning at the National Constitution Center. The two funnymen are promoting their upcoming film, "The Campaign" and will be signing a copy of the Constitution to commemorate its 225th Anniversary. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m., and the duo is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. at the center's Grand Hall Overlook. National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner will also be on hand.
NEWS
August 18, 2012 | BREAKING NEWS DESK
The president and CEO of the National Constitution Center announced today that he will be stepping down effective Oct. 31. David Eisner, will stay on to present the 2012 Liberty Medal to Muhammad Ali on Sept. 13 and open the Constitution Center's exhibition about Prohibition on Oct. 19, according to a news release. He will assist in the search for a new chief of the Center. Eisner was appointed CEO in November 2009 by the Center's Board of Trustees, chaired by former President Bill Clinton, and including, among others, former President George H.W. Bush, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2012 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Bruce Springsteen, whose music and lyrics have long celebrated the common man, with patriotism in mind, is the spotlight of the National Constitution Center's spring and summer events. Unless the Boss makes one of his famous impromptu appearances, there is not a big Day One promotion for Friday's opening of "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen. " But "Six Nights With Bruce Springsteen" have been scheduled over the next several months.
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August 2, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The entrance to the auditorium at the National Constitution Center was beset by faux demonstrators Tuesday morning, a ring of young women carrying signs denouncing the evils of drink. Inside, a raucous jazz quartet from Bucks County's Pennsbury High School filled the room with Prohibition-era tunes. Constitution Center marketing staffers were decked out in flapper feathers and red dresses. All the hubbub was in service to the Constitution's 18th Amendment - and the center's big fall exhibition, "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," which will open Oct. 19 and run through April 28, 2013.
NEWS
November 13, 2012
The kids got a gala event like none other, with red-carpet treatment and cheers from the city's fashionistas. The evening was presented by Susquehanna Bank, with local law firm Zarwin Baum among the sponsors. Former Flyer Brian Propp and NBC10's Dawn Timmeney were honorary chairpersons. Welcome to my new column, DN Party People, as I bring you photos from notable events around the region. Planning something special? Let me know. E-mail: bigrube@streetgazing.com @BigRubeHarley, Blog: streetgazing.com
NEWS
January 13, 2007
Investment guru John C. Bogle can take great pride in being succeeded as chairman of the National Constitution Center by former President George H. W. Bush. But the one-time commander in chief may find that Bogle isn't an easy act to follow. The founder of the Vanguard Group Inc. led the Constitution Center during its critical final design phase, its construction on Independence Mall, its July 2003 opening, and beyond. The cornerstone of Bogle's seven-year tenure on the board, of course, was a $185 million capital campaign.
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September 16, 1999 | By Inga Saffron, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The transformation of Independence Mall from a barren expanse to a landscaped park dotted with civic buildings will advance another step today when architect Henry Cobb presents his design for the National Constitution Center, a museum intended to dramatize America's guiding principles. Until now, only a general plan for the remaking of the mall has been available, although architects are working on designs for several important new buildings. When a scale model of the Constitution Center is unveiled tonight at the Annenberg Center, the public should have a clearer sense of how the finished mall will look.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2011 | By Maki Somosot, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domingo Los Baños, a self-described "plantation boy" from Kalaheo, Hawaii, is among seven Americans who fought during World War II and are honored in the "Fighting for Democracy: Who is the 'We' in "We the People"? exhibit at the National Constitution Center. Raised in America, Los Baños, Bill Terry, Hazel Ying Lee, George Saito, Carl Gorman, Frances Slanger, and Héctor García all were treated as second-class citizens, because of their culture, sex or race. Some of them struggled to be accepted into predominantly white and male institutions, like the U.S. Air Force and the Army.
NEWS
June 13, 1997
There was a flurry of phone calls to the new president of the National Constitution Center (NCC) some months back - all but one from creditors pestering the then-financially ailing nonprofit. The other call was from University of Pennsylvania president Judith Rodin. Good thing she got through. Dr. Rodin called to ask if there was anything the university could do to help. As NCC president Joseph Torsella recalls, that led to the announcement yesterday of a multifaceted partnership with Penn.
NEWS
September 14, 1998 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fund-raising for the National Constitution Center planned for Independence Mall is to get another hefty boost today when First Union Corp., the recent purchaser of CoreStates Bank, announces a $1 million cash gift. The contribution is the largest so far to the capital campaign of the once-floundering push for a high-tech exhibit and educational institution dedicated to the American charter drafted in Philadelphia in 1787. The timing also helps burnish the image of the company that acquired Philadelphia's last big, locally based bank in April.
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September 14, 2016
By Edward G. Rendell, Thomas J. Ridge, and Rebecca W. Rimel What do Pope Francis, singer and human-rights advocate Bono, and both the Republican and Democratic national committees have in common? In the last two decades, they chose Philadelphia as the best place to advance their values and mission. And the audience was worldwide. Twenty years ago, Google was still a research project at Stanford. The iPhone was more than a decade away. And Netflix hadn't started mailing DVDs.
NEWS
September 10, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
Richard R. Beeman, 74, a University of Pennsylvania historian and a trustee of the National Constitution Center, who revered America's founding document and spent decades teaching its creation and complexities, died Monday, Sept. 5, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Beeman, of Moylan, was the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at Penn, where he was a faculty member for 43 years. "It has been my great privilege during those years to teach thousands of bright Penn undergraduates and graduate students the subject I love - the history of the American Revolution and Constitution," Dr. Beeman wrote on his website.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Over eight weeks this summer, 17 students from Camden have worked a criminal case as though they were detectives, peered through microscopes to see the markings on shell casings, learned about crime-scene investigation techniques, and visited the FBI's Philadelphia offices. Before joining the Camden County Police Department's Blue Knights program for students, 16-year-old Nyiasha Torres wanted to be a police officer. "After going to the FBI, now I want to be a bomb technician," she said.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Toby Ziegler, White House communications director on The West Wing , was one of the most earnest characters in television (especially for a political animal). With a solemn and subtle severity, Toby fought for decency in democracy. If Sam Seaborn was the looker, and Josh Lyman the charisma of the operation, Toby was the Bartlet administration's moral compass. "He was much smarter than I am, although I am much better looking," joked actor Richard Schiff, who brought Toby to life on screen.
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July 14, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Just grow up. Those are three words you will never hear at Christopher Phillips' dinner table, not even if everyone is grumpy or the girls are squabbling or someone topples her juice. That's because Phillips - longtime Philadelphia resident, author, and creator of the Socrates Café - believes we'd all be better off if adults worked harder to retain the best qualities of children: curiosity, forgiveness, empathy, flexibility, and hope. He details that conviction in his new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest . It's dense with philosophers', psychologists', and artists' takes on childhood - from Aristotle's belief that children are small brutes incapable of reasoning to Picasso's oft-quoted declaration that "every child is an artist.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The flags along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have started to fray. The sidewalks around the Convention Center are showing cracks. And Center City construction sites block sidewalks along main pedestrian routes. A little more than a month out from the July 25-28 Democratic National Convention, it's time to tidy up. With that in mind, the convention's host committee over the last few months has deployed a crew of volunteers to canvass the areas around the Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
The Museum of the American Revolution, whose building at Third and Chestnut Streets has been under construction for two years, plans to announce Thursday that it will open its doors to the public April 19, 2017 - the 242nd anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, considered the opening of hostilities between Britain and its North American colonies. When the smoke cleared following those nasty Massachusetts skirmishes so long ago, 122 fighters on both sides had lost their lives, and the colonies were launched on a revolutionary road that would not reach the goal of independence for eight arduous years.
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June 4, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a sharecropper's son who helped lead the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., will receive this year's Liberty Medal, the National Constitution Center announced Thursday. Lewis, a Democrat who represents Georgia's Fifth District, is the last surviving "Big Six" leader of the civil rights movement. Others in the group were the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young. "It is an honor for me to receive the Liberty Medal, especially as the U.S. Constitution Center celebrates the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment," Lewis, who was out of the country, said in a statement.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Jeffrey Rosen is president and CEO of the National Constitution Center A hundred years ago, on June 1, 1916, Louis Brandeis was confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. One hundred and twenty-five days elapsed between his nomination and confirmation - the longest period any nominee has waited in American history. (Merrick Garland will surpass this record in July.) The long delay in Brandeis' confirmation reflected the controversy he had inspired as the crusading "People's Attorney," who made his name by attacking financiers such as J.P. Morgan, who took reckless risks with what Brandeis called "other people's money.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
The Independence Visitor Center plans a $15 million overhaul that will extend the outdoor terrace and enlarge the gift shop as it aims to generate more cash for operations from the city's growing tourist throng. The renovation will be the biggest investment at Independence Mall since the early 2000's, when the center and other buildings were constructed as part of a then-new master plan for the National Park Service site. It comes as the building's operator, the nonprofit Independence Visitor Center Corp., strives to reduce its dependence on the Park Service in an age of recurring federal budget tiffs.
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