Humanities Montana Presents We the People: Conversations On Montana & U. S. Constitutions
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
3:15 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
10:30 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
3:00 Summing Up: Issues and Resolutions in Two Constitutions
Bob Brown and Pat Williams
5:00 Farewell Reception, honoring Montana Humanities Heroes