How the United States Government  works – presented by Dwight Duncan

The founding fathers created a government that has functioned for over 200 years. It has weathered many storms and sometimes seems chaotic in how it works. Yet, it is one of oldest democracies around. How does it function?

Prof. Dwight Duncan, Professor of Law at the University of Massachusetts Law School, will lead a seminar on how our Government works. Starting from an overview of the U.S. Constitution, we will look at the structure and powers of government, the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, and the Supreme Court. Get ready for great discussions!

Since we are at Wynnview in Vermont, we will also take advantage of the countryside to go tubing down the White River, go hiking on the local mountains and enjoy cookouts at Wynnview.


Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20

Leave from Chestnut Hill, August 17 at 1:00 pm

Return to Chestnut Hill, August 20, 2:00 pm

To bring:

Clothes for Mass and class, sports clothes, towels, sleeping bag


$180, does not include snacks, food on the trips up and back.

Please make checks payable to Chestnut Hill Center. Or register and pay via using the online form below.


High school men, entering Sophomore year and up, including entering college freshmen

To reserve a spot, please fill out and send application to Chestnut Hill Center, 481 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 — or register and pay using the form below. The application deadline is 8/5/2023.

Registration Form