Live podcast hosted by Cathy Gillespie and students: Tova Love Kaplan, Jorne Gilbert and Jewel Gilbert
Topic: Live Podcast: Ep. 148 – History the U.S. House of Representatives
When: Tuesday 01/10/2022 at 2:00 pm ET
Join us weekly as we chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom! The audience is not on camera but is encouraged to ask questions via the Q&A.
Meet the Guest
Matt Wasniewski is the longest-serving Historian of the U.S. House of
Representatives. In 2010 a national search committee of academic and public
historians unanimously recommended his hiring to House leadership, and Speaker
Nancy Pelosi appointed him Historian with the concurrence of then-Republican
Leader John Boehner. Prior to becoming House Historian, Matt served as a historian
and deputy chief in the House Clerk’s Office of History and Preservation from 2002
to 2010. He is the editor of a series of books on women and minority members of
Congress: Women in Congress, 1917–2006; Black Americans in Congress, 1870–2007;
Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012; and Asian and Pacific Islander
Americans in Congress, 1900–2017. In 2004, Matt co-created the House’s first oral
history program which has since collected video and audio interviews with more
than 350 Representatives and longtime staff.
Prior to joining the House, Matt worked as the associate historian and
communications director at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society from 1998 to 2002. In
the early 1990s, he worked as a sports page editor for a local newspaper in northern
Virginia. Matt is a past president of the Society for History in the Federal
Government (2011–2012), and a former chair of the Organization of American
Historians Committee on Public History. He earned a BA in 1991 from James
Madison University, double-majoring in journalism and history, and an MA in
history from James Madison University three years later. He holds a Ph.D. in U.S.
history (2004) from the University of Maryland at College Park. Among his awards
and honors, James Madison University inducted him as an honorary member of its
Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 2012. In 2014, he delivered the university’s graduation
Meet the Hosts
Actress Janine Turner is famous for her role as Maggie O’Connell in television’s Northern Exposure. She is the Founder and Co-President of Constituting America which launched in 2010. She is still acting but is also actively teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution and has given over 540 speeches to classrooms across the country.
Cathy Gillespie is the Chair of Constituting America, a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission. She is currently serving as one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026!
Tova Love Kaplan is a student at Harvard University. She currently serves as the National Youth Director for Constituting America and runs the National Youth Advisory Council. She is a three-time winner of the “We The Future” Contest and is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Jorne Gilbert is a recent graduate of Moravian University where he designed a major entitled Dramatic Production and Musical Performance. He used what he learned to further develop the charitable organization Sing For America which he co-founded to produce musicals portraying the art of Truth and Light.
Jewel Gilbert is Executive Producer of Sing for America, a charity founded by him and his family. Sing for America reveals the Art of Truth and Light through live performance. He is the Operations Director for a new business venture, J. Barker Paving. Jewel holds a BA in Musical Performance/Dramatic