The American Academy of Arts & Sciences organized this discussion on the current state of American civic life as part of the Civics Renewal Network’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance of civics education on Constitution Day, September 17, 2014. The panelists are Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Stephen Heintz, Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Honorable Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; Joel Klein, News Corps, formerly, New York City Department of Education; former Rep. Mickey Edwards, Aspen Institute.