What the Constitution Means to Me

Pop-Up Book Club & Community Conversation

Monday, November 29, 2021 at 7:00PM

Venue Princeton Public Library — Community Room
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM


McCarter and the Princeton Public Library, in advance of McCarter’s direct-from-Broadway presentation of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me, invite all interested readers to join in a “pop-up book club” experience.

For this event, participants will pre-read Schreck’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated and Obie Award-winning play, What the Constitution Means to Mea catalyst for dialogue, described by the playwright as “a very personal love story about a teenage girl’s bad romance with the Constitution.” In keeping with the play’s dual purpose to celebrate and critique our country’s founding documentand meld the intensely personal with the political—readers will gather for a community conversation about the experience of dramatic text and a personal consideration of what the U.S. Constitution means to us as individuals and as members of diverse community/communities. All are welcome and encourageto participate. 


We will also be joined by special guest commentators, including: 

  • Joy Barnes-Johnson, Science and Racial Justice Literacy Educator, Princeton Public Schools 
  •  Jill Dolan, Dean of the College and Annan Professor of English and Professor of Theatre in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University 
  • Laura F. Edwards, Professor of History, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Princeton University 
  • Karen Thompson, Senior Staff AttorneyACLU-NJ, and New Jersey Law Journal’s Attorney of the Year 2021 


The guest commentators will share their professional and personal experience of reading What the Constitution Means to Me and offer insights to help form a platform for community discussion. 


This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.





Discussion Guide for Virtual Attendees




If you are not a Princeton Public Library cardholder, please inquire at the 2nd floor reference desk about borrowing a copy specifically purchased for this event. 

The Princeton Public Library is located at 65 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, NJ.



This is a Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre Center community partnership event. 


This event is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 



Guest Speakers