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Constitution Day: Constitution Day @ ASU

About Constitution Day

To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

 

More information is available:

 DttP: A Quarterly Journal of Government Information Practice & Perspective; Spring2007, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p38-40, 3p.

Constitution Day 2017

Constitution Day: Hamilton and 'Hamilton'

Join ASU Library for a celebration of Constitution Day, which will include a lecture by Peter McNamara, professor of practice. He will focus on the rivalry between Hamilton and Jefferson, as portrayed in the hit musical "Hamilton," which will be coming to ASU Gammage next year. McNamara will pay special attention to each man's views on the Constitution.

Monday, September 18, 2017. The lecture will take place from 1-2 p.m., with trivia and refreshments both before and after, at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

McNamara is a founding member of Arizona State University’s new School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. His research and teaching interests range across American political thought, early modern political thought, and political economy. He is an expert on the political and economic thought of Alexander Hamilton and author of "Political Economy and Statesmanship: Smith, Hamilton and the Foundation of the Commercial Republic." He has taught at Utah State University, Boston College and Clemson University, where he was a Hayek Visiting Scholar. He has also worked as a research officer for the Australian Treasury. 

Constitution Day is an annual event to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution. Established by Congress in 1956, Constitution Week begins each year on Sept. 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating Sept. 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

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When:  September 16th, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Hayden Library Lobby
What:   Compete in Constitution Day Trivia

To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

Join us on September 16 for our 2016 Constitution Day celebration. Learn about the Constitution, have some refreshments, and play Constitution trivia to receive your very own pocket Constitution.

 

 

Please join us for Constitution Day 2015!

Unalienable Rights:  The Role of the Creator in Public Life

The Declaration of Independence famously states " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." This claim relates human rights and equality to the role of the Creator. As such it is affirming a relationship between human origins and human nature. This talk will look at some of the influence this has had on American thought, including religious freedom and state established religion.

Please join us for a Brown Bag Lecture sponsored by the ASU Library, featuring Dr. Owen Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies in ASU's New College.  In 2013-2014 he was the William E. Simon research fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Princeton Seminary.  He has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (2015) and The Natural Moral Law (2013) with Cambridge University Press.  His areas of research include epistemology, the ethics of belief, intellectual history, and religious pluralism.  He regularly teaches Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Applied Ethics, World Religions, Western Religious Traditions, and Religion in America.

Constitution Day 2015 will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 12 Noon to 1 PM in Hayden Library Room 133.  The session will be live video conferenced to the ASU Library on the West, Downtown, and Polytechnic campuses.  See http://libguides.asu.edu/constitutionday for past events.

 

Past ASU Library Constitution Day Events

  • 2016 Event - Constitution trivia and a a free pocket Constitution

Students and faculty can participate in Constitution trivia. All participates will receive a free pocket Constitution. You never know when you may need to have your Constitution handle, just like the late Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.  

  • 2015 Event - "Unalienable Rights: The Role of the Creator in Public Life

Dr. Owen Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies in ASU"s New College. Dr. Owen discussed the statement in the Declaration of Independence, and it's influence on the Constitution. 

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