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About Our Supreme Court Webinars

The Rendell Center in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education invites you to view their on-demand webinar series, Perspectives on the Supreme Court. You can download the presentation in a format that best meets your needs or view it via Google media player. Each new live webinar is recorded and available on this page, allowing you to stream it and add the download materials to your lessons. The webinar series is led by our esteemed colleague and scholar Dr. Bruce Allen Murphy. The information Dr. Murphy presents is highly informative and engaging, and is recommended for teachers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the Supreme Court, the appointment of justices, and their impact on recent history.

Episode 1:

The Gorsuch Confirmation and its Impact

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  • A discussion of the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court Justice confirmation process and its impact
  • The debate between originalists and the living constitutionalists
  • President power v. judicial power

Episode 2:

The Evolution of the Supreme Court

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  • An overview of the evolution of the Supreme Court
  • Insights and analysis of the Court’s term that just began and how to discuss this with your students
  • Exploration of a variety of topics, including gerrymandering, the intersection of freedom of religion and marriage equality, and the Fourth Amendment

Episode 3:

The General Ideology of the Supreme Court

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  • An overview of the pedagogy for teaching the Supreme Court in your classroom
  • Insights and analysis of how Supreme Court Justices move along a continuum between conservative and liberal based on cases presented and decisions rendered
  • Exploration of a variety of topics including the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), the future of communications and data gathered, electronic or technological information search tests, among others

Episode 4:

Religious Liberty – Still a Preferred Freedom

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  • The Framers’ intent for religious liberty
  • The Supreme Court’s many definitions of religious liberty
  • Examining the Roberts Court and the future of religious clauses

    Episode 5:

    Free Speech Law and the Roberts Court

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    • Examining the Roberts Court and the future of 1st Amendment decisions
    • The Supreme Court’s many definitions of free speech
    • Largest number of free speech hearings in recent history