Sept. 17, 2012, IUP will commemorate Constitution Day, the day
years ago when the U.S. Constitution was signed. Federal law has
all institutions of higher education receiving federal funds
observe the day by
hosting events and activities designed to generate greater
awareness about our
system of government, and also to stimulate thoughtful, critical
some of the major issues of our times.
All IUP students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend one or both of the scheduled activities. We'd especially like to have staff and faculty represented in the first event of the day, a public reading of the U.S. Constitution. Faculty are also encouraged to announce these events to their students.
Reading of the Constitution: 12-1 p.m., Mon., Sept. 17, Oak
Members of the IUP community - students, staff and faculty - will gather to read the entire U.S. Constitution, starting with the Preamble and ending with the 27th Amendment. Want to be a reader? Simply show up in the Oak Grove (near Stabley Library). Readers will receive a "We the People at IUP" t-shirt, a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, and a star-shaped cookie.
"Original Intentions? A Chat with the Founding Fathers": 6 p.m., Mon., Sept. 17, HUB Ohio Room
Sit in on a chat with four of the authors the U.S. Constitution - Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Charles Pinckney and Alexander Hamilton (portrayed by Dr. David Chambers of the Political Science Department, Dr. Joe Mannard of the History Department, and Drs. Mac Fiddner and Steve Jackson of the Political Science Department, respectively). Dr. Gwen Torges of the Political Science Department will ask these Framers just what they were thinking and what they hoped to achieve when they wrote the U.S. Constitution. She will also ask them to comment on some of the political controversies of today. Audience questions are welcome. This event is part of IUP's Six O'clock Series
IUP's 2012 Constitution Day events are sponsored by: the Department of Political Science, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Center for Student Life.