Thursday, September 3, 2009

Constitution Day

What is Constitution Day?

The signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, by the Founding Fathers is one of the most important and influential events in American history, establishing the many rights and freedoms “We the People” enjoy today.

September 17, Constitution Day is celebrated each year all over the country.

MTSU is celebrating Constitution Week, September 14 - 18, 2009 with many activities sponsored by the MTSU American Democracy Project and the John Seigenthaler Chair in First Amendment Studies, and the Distinguished Lecture Committee.

Throughout the week:
Poster Display (Thoughts on Democracy: Reinterpreting Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Posters, Walker Library and KUC )

Constitutional Readings Display (Walker Library)

Wednesday, Sept 16:
10:20 am - Free Speech on University Campuses: The State of Play (lecture by Bruce Barry, Vanderbilt Professor, KUC Theater)

11:30 am - State of the First Amendment (Gene Poloconksi, VP of the First Amendment Center, KUC Theater)

2:20 pm - Freedom Sings (Multimedia experience, Tucker Theater)

Thursday, Sept 17:
10am - 2pm - Midday Campus Celebration (Signing of the Constitution, reading of the Constitution, Free copies of the Constitution, KUC Knoll)

9:40 am - The Internet and the First Amendment (John Seigenthaler moderates a panel, KUC Theater)

11:20 am - First Amendment Freedoms (Panel explores the state of the First Amendment's Five Freedoms - religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, KUC Theater)

1 pm - Torture, Democracy, and the American Press (lecture by Mark Danner, author/journalist, LRC 221)

2:40 pm – Civil Liberties: Surveillance and Terrorism (lecture and discussion led by Professor Roger Newman, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, KUC Theater)

7:00 pm – Living Democracy (Lecture by Susan Griffin, award winning author, BAS State Farm Lecture Hall)

Friday, Sept. 18:
1 – 4 pm –
Workshop on Teaching Democracy: Integrating Themes of Social Responsibility in the Curriculum (Workshop led by author Susan Griffin, JUB Faculty Senate Room)
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