Join the National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice



Explore a range of contemporary issues, addressing the tension between individual rights and collective responsibilities, a process that began with the Bill of Rights.

The National Conversations will be held at across the country from 2016 to 2017. Each program will have a central topic. Grounded in documents from the National Archives' collection, they will explore the stories of America's past. These will be starting points from which we will look forward, wondering what new stories wait to be written.


Civil Rights and Individual Freedom
May 20-21, 2016

Atlanta, GA

LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights
July 15-16, 2016

Chicago, IL

Women's Rights and Gender Equality
October 21, 2016

New York, NY

Immigration Barriers and Access
November 19, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Educational Access and Equity
March 7, 2017

Dallas, TX

Building a More Perfect Union
June 21-22 2017

Washington, DC


Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Archives Foundation.

Special thanks to Perkins Coie for their support of this event in New York City.