Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Constituting America’s Student Ambassadors, Tova Love Kaplan and Dakare Chatman, chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom!
Part 5 of our “Bill of Rights” series: Third Amendment
Special Guest: Professor John McCurdy
Thank You To Our Sponsor: Mr. Stephen Huffman
John Gilbert McCurdy is Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2004. McCurdy is the author of Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution (2019), and Citizen Bachelor: Manhood and the Creation of the United States (Cornell, 2009), which explores how changes in the law, literature, and lives of bachelors informed American citizenship. He also has essays in New Men: Manliness in Early America (NYU, 2011), Early American Studies, and Journal of Urban History. McCurdy has held fellowships from Massachusetts Historical Society, American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Michigan. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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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 is sixteen 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 in the Entrepreneurial (where she created a marketing plan), PSA (entitled “Know Your Rights. Read The Constitution”) and STEM (where she created an app). She is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Constituting America Student Ambassador Dakare Chatman is 18 years old, and is currently a junior, full-time college student in South Carolina. He has won Constituting America’s We The Future Contest twice, once for best PSA where he reminded viewers the Constitution is “An American Thing, So Know It” and twice for his short film “Man On The Street.” He is also actively involved in our National Youth Advisory Board. He’s a working actor seen most recently in HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones and on April 15 in Netflix’s: Outer Banks. Dakare wishes to be an actor, but also a politician. But says you must be an actor to be a politician.