It a two-day conference discussing the U.S. and Montana constitutions in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the state’s formative document. The conference takes place at Carroll College in Helena on April 20–21, 2012.

The conference is followed by a Humanities Heroes Awards reception honoring Betty Babcock, Helen and William Ballinger, Elouise Cobell, Leslie Davis, Barry Ferst, Ed Noonan, Yvonne Seng, and Bonnie Williamson.

Humanities Heroes were chosen around the state as part of Humanities Montana’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The ceremony and reception are Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Carroll College All Saints’ Hall. Refreshments served afterward.

Friday, April 20, 2012

1:30                Welcome and Introduction of Conversations

Steve Bullock, Montana State Attorney General

Ken Egan, Humanities Montana

1:45                First Conversation: The Bill of Rights and Declaration of Rights

Moderator: Mae Nan Ellingson

Participants: Wade Dahood, Betsy Griffing, and Jim Nelson

3:00                Break

3:15                Second Conversation: Native Peoples and Constitutions

Moderator: Ray Cross

Participants: Glory Blue Earth-Wrigley and Danna Jackson

5:00                Reception at Montana Historical Society, featuring display of Montana constitutions

7:30                Keynote Conversation: Representative Government and Free                                                    Enterprise: What Were the Founders Thinking?

Moderator: Patricia Cotter   Participants: Carl Graham and Brian Kahn

Saturday, April 21, 2012

9:00                Third Conversation: The Environment and Constitutions

Moderator: Irma Russell   Participants: Joe Balyeat and Arlyne Reichert

10:15              Break

10:30              Fourth Conversation: Local Government and Constitutions

Moderator: Jim Lopach   Participants: Bill Bronson and Dan Clark

Noon               Luncheon honoring delegates to Constitutional Convention

With Chuck Johnson

1:30                Fifth Conversation: State Sovereignty in Two Constitutions

Moderator: Jeff Renz   Participants: Anthony Johnstone and Niki Zupanic

2:45                Break

3:00                Summing Up: Issues and Resolutions in Two Constitutions

Bob Brown and Pat Williams

5:00                Farewell Reception, honoring Montana Humanities Heroes