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Constitution Day

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.

Constitution Day activities at ASU since 2006 are listed below. From 2006 to 2017, the ASU Library hosted various Constitution Day events.

Starting in 2017, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership has hosted an Annual Constitution Day Lecture.

See the ASU News articles, "ASU professor discuss the history, importance of Constitution Day," and "5 things to know about the Constitution."

Constitution Day 2020

2020 Annual Constitution Day Lecture: "The Surprising History of Women's Suffrage" with Ellen DuBois


The subject of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's 2020 Annual Constitution Day Lecture is Women’s Long Battle for the Vote: Surprises on the Road to the Nineteenth Amendment, the topic and title of Professor DuBois' most recent book. The lecture will cover the seventy-five years of the U.S. woman suffrage movement with an emphasis on things you might not already know, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

This event is supported by the Jack Miller Center.

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona MST
Location: Zoom 


Past ASU Constitution Day Events

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.