panel discussion

Looking Back, Looking Forward: The 50th Anniversary of the Virginia Constitution

TimeThursday, July 1, 2021 from 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree, but registration required.

Limited seating is available for this special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s current constitution, the seventh in the state’s history, which went into effect on July 1, 1971. Join us for a stimulating conversation about the advances made possible by this constitution and the work that still remains. Moderated by A. E. Dick Howard (Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia), the panel will include Henry L. Chambers Jr. (professor of law, University of Richmond), Catherine Ward (University of Virginia School of Law, Class of 2022), and Brian Cannon (director of campaigns, Institute for Political Innovation). This event will also be live-streamed on the Library's Facebook page.

The Library's commemoration also includes a three-day display (June 29–July 1, 2021, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM) of original copies of Virginia’s Constitutions of 1776, 1869, 1902, and 1971 in our Pre-function Hall.

The Library is joining with others across the state this year in engaging Virginians in thoughtful reflection about our constitution and its advances in areas such as civil rights, local government, education, and environmental conservation. We invite you to join the conversation about how our constitution can help Virginians address the challenges of the 21st century. For information about related events and online resources, visit

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