Constitutional Chats Live Podcast
Hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie
Join Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Constituting America’s Student Ambassadors, Tova Love Kaplan, Dakare Chatman, Jewel Gilbert and Jorne Gilbert chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom!
You are not on camera, but may ask questions via Q&A!
Topic: Ellis Island and Immigration Today
Special Guest: Vincent Cannato
When: Tuesday 6/1/2021 at 2:00pm Eastern
Meet Our Guest
Vincent J. Cannato is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is the author of the book, American Passage: The History of Ellis Island.
Professor Cannato’s research interests include 20th-century political history, American urban history and urban politics, and immigration and ethnic history.
Professor Cannato was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City and received his BA with honors from Williams College and his PhD from Columbia University. He began teaching at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 2002. At UMass Boston, Professor Cannato teaches courses on New York City history, Boston history, immigration history, and twentieth-century American history.
Professor Cannato has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, and The New Republic. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Historians and Scholars for the American Institute for History Education. He has also received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Apart from his academic career, Professor Cannato was also managing editor of The Public Interest, edited by Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer; co-producer of the PBS documentary “The First Measured Century”; an aide to former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler; and a speechwriter at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Professional Publications & Contributions
• American Passage: The History of Ellis Island (HarperCollins, 2009).
• Living in the Eighties, co-edited with Gil Troy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2009).
• The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York (Basic Books, 2001).
Meet the Hosts
Actress Janine Turner is famous for her role as Maggie O’Connell in televisions’ Northern Exposure. She is the Founder and Co-President of Constituting America which launched in 2010. She is still acting but she is also actively teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution given over 540 speeches to classrooms across the country.
Cathy Gillespie is the co-president of Constituting America and one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026! She is a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission.
Tova Love Kaplan
Tova Love Kaplan is seventeen years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. 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!
Jewel Gilbert is Executive Producer of Sing for America, a family based company that he founded with his brother Jorne. Sing For America seeks to show the art of Truth and Light through live performance. Both Jewel and his brother are proud former We The People contest winners! Sing For America is an actor-run theatre company which specializes in semi-professional musicals, private training in the arts, school drama solutions, and public entertainment events all while revealing a colorblind world onstage. Jewel and his brother are graduates of Moravian College, where they each earned a BA in Musical Performance and Dramatic Production.
Jorne Gilbert is Operations Director of Sing for America, aa family based company that he founded with his brother Jewel. Sing For America seeks to show the art of Truth and Light through live performance. Both Jorne and his brother are proud former We The People contest winners! Sing For America is an actor-run theatre company which specializes in semi-professional musicals, private training in the arts, school drama solutions, and public entertainment events all while revealing a colorblind world onstage. Jorne and his brother are graduates of Moravian College, where they each earned a BA in Musical Performance and Dramatic Production.