Course Description: This class is for anyone seeking to understand America’s Constitution: its text, history, and relevance today. Classes will include discussion of the plain or original meaning of the Constitution; how the text has been interpreted by judicial decisions and Acts of Congress; the Bill of Rights; and texts that have impacted its interpretation, such as the Federalist Papers. It will consider the legal frameworks used by the Supreme Court in published opinions regarding freedom of religion and expression, bearing of arms, privacy, and states rights. However, the class will avoid party politics. It is expected that all participants be vaccinated and that masks and social distancing be observed.

Instructor: Susan Raab is a 1981 graduate of the University of Florida School of Law. She spent the majority of her legal career as a Federal Prosecutor and Appellate Attorney in U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Tampa and Jacksonville, FL.

Schedule: Six sessions. Thursday, Feb. 17 to March 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 201, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach Fee: $40

Materials: Amelia Lifelong Learning will provide each student with a copy of the US Constitution.