The US Constitution:

Rights and Liberties in the 21st Century


Three Sessions: September 16, 23, 30

Time: Saturdays, 10 AM-Noon

Location: Wesley Acres Theater Room, DM

Cost: $36

Class Limit: 30


This class will begin with the story of how the Constitution came to be, followed by a primer on its provision for a division of powers among the branches of government, its checks and balances, representation in Congress, and the role of the Bill of Rights. We will review the rights protected by the First Amendment—speech, press, religion, and the right to petition. The class will conclude with a look at how our criminal justice system is affected by individual liberties under the Bill of Rights. Current issues will provide opportunities for discussion.


Instructor R. Ben Stone practices criminal defense and constitutional law at the Parrish Law Firm in Des Moines. He served as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa for 18 years. Ben has a master’s degree in history with a minor in philosophy from Iowa State University. He has taught at DMACC, Drake University, and Simpson College. Ben has served on the state board of directors of One Iowa and Iowans Against the Death Penalty.




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