CCS Symposium on Religious Liberty
The religious liberty symposium was hosted in partnership with the Religious Studies
Program at UVU and their Mormon Studies Conference on “Mormonism and the Art of Boundary
Maintenance.” Working together allowed both entities to cover a fascinating spectrum
of topics, from Mormon Identity to the Supreme Court case, Little Sisters of the Poor
v. Burwell, currently going through the courts. The 2016 symposium also featured the
first panel dedicated specially to UVU students and the winners of the first CCS religious
liberty essay contest.
The Article One Project
Senator Mike Lee spoke at UVU on Thursday March 24, in the Lakeview Room of the UVU
Library. Senator Lee discussed and invited questions from the public on The Article
1 Project, a policy initiative focused on making the case for Congressional empowerment.
Turning Points in History Lecture Series
CCS was given the opportunity to co-sponsor a lecture, hosted by the UVU Department
of History and Political Science as part of its “Turning Points in History” Lecture
Series. “’Motley Rabble’ or Martyrs for Liberty? The Boston Massacre and the Problem
of Community,” was presented by Dr. Eric Hinderaker, professor of history at the University
A Common Lawyer Looks at Supreme Court Constitutional Law
Richard Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University Law
School, spoke at the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University addressing
students, scholars, and members of the community on the topic of Common Law and the
The Principles of Federalism
In collaboration with the Utah State Commission on Federalism, CCS hosted leading
scholars from across the country to discuss a variety of theoretical and practical
ideas concerning federalism. This gathering was one of the largest national conferences
on the principles of federalism in 2015.
Constitution Week Conference on the Executive
Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood of the International Court of Justice gave the opening
address of the CCS Conference on the Executive, entitled “Powers and Privileges of
US Presidents Abroad Under International Law.”
Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom
The 2015 iteration of the annual CCS Symposium on Religious Liberty featured scholars
discussing topics related to American presidential leadership on matters of religion
and recent trends of perceived governmental intrusions into this traditional First
International Symposium on Magna Carta
In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, members of
the United Kingdom Magna Carta Project visited CCS to discuss the wide ranging impact
of this historical document. Gordon Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, gave the
Symposium's keynote address.
Constitution Week Conference on Freedom of Speech
During Constitution Week of 2014, law professors and academic scholars from around
the country came to discuss the importance of Freedom of Speech. Their topics included:
"When Free Speech and Equality Collide in the Workplace"; "The Media and Free Speech";
and "Academic Freedom and The Modern Professor."
Constitutional Symposium on Religious Freedom
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, former Utah Supreme Court justice and LDS Church leader, participated
in the 2014 Symposium on Religious Freedom as the keynote speaker, presenting an address
entitled “Hope for the Years Ahead.”
CCS Legislative Night: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
During the CCS Legislative Night, Senator Mike Lee met with UVU students. This provided
an opportunity for students to learn from an influential public figure and politician
regarding his perspective on the legislative process.
State Legislative Night: Speaker Rebecca Lockhart
The late Speaker Rebecca Lockhart visited CCS during the 2013 State Legislative Night.
She discussed the definition of Federalism as it was understood in the era of the
American Founding, then related the efforts of the Utah legislature and other State
legislatures to petition the Federal government to return to this original definition.
Constitution Week Conference on Privacy
During Constitution Week 2013, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert O’Harrow, former
U.S. Ambassador Douglas Kmiec, and other acclaimed scholars discussed various topics
relating to privacy in America, including the overlapping of national security and
law enforcement, big business in cyberspace, and privacy in the modern press.
Spring Conference: Religious Liberty in an Age of Change
Scholars from across the United States met at CCS to provide insight into issues and
controversies of religion in our modern age of change. These scholars spoke of how
the conceptions of religious liberty in today’s America have changed since the days
of the Founding Fathers.
America's Renaissance Man: Benjamin Franklin
The Center featured an exhibit and a panel discussion featuring documents, artifacts,
and topics relating to America’s Renaissance man. Experts on the life of Benjamin
Franklin addressed UVU students and local community members. Additionally, UVU President
S. Matthew Holland discussed “Franklin’s Intellectual World,” a book he edited with
Paul E. Kerry.
State Legislative Night: Senators Margaret Dayton and Mark Madsen
Two members of the Utah State Legislature addressed CCS students during the 2013 State
Legislative Night. This was a crucial opportunity for students of Constitutional Studies
to draw connections from their studies to real world legislative application.
First Freedom Film Premiere
CCS had the privilege of hosting the Utah Premiere of PBS’s “First Freedom.” Director
Roy E. Goodman discussed the themes presented in the film. Mr. Goodman appeared on
a panel along with Randall Balmer, Dartmouth Professor in the Arts and Sciences, Matthew
S. Holland, President of UVU, and CCS Director, Rick Griffin.
Constitution Week Conference
This Constitution Week Conference featured keynote addresses from notable guests David
McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, and Jonathan Turley, CNN legal analyst
and professor at George Washington University.
CCS Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Many notable guests attended the Grand Opening of the Center for Constitutional Studies
at UVU, including Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, UVU President Matthew
S. Holland, the late Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, and Founding Director Rick Griffin.