Week of Events Planned to Celebrate Constitution

September 8, 2005

OGDEN, Utah – Faculty and students in Weber State University's Department of Political Science have scheduled a week long series of debates, discussions and activities leading up to Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

"The events we've planned are a great way to spark discussion and interest in the constitution and get people thinking about our democracy," said Leah Murray, assistant political science professor at WSU. "After 200 years, it remains a dynamic document that continues to be the foundation for our government."

WSU's Constitution Week gets underway on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Lair with a Federalist-Anti Federalist debate. The debate will feature associate history professor Kathryn MacKay, and political science professors Thomas Kuehls and Murray.

The week will also include:

Wed. Sept. 14 – Noon – Pi Sigma Alpha students will hand out free copies of the U.S. Constitution at the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza.

Thurs. Sept. 15 – 7:30 p.m. – Political Science professor Frank Guliuzza will present "The Constitutionality of Hate Crime Legislation" at the Weber County Library (2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden).

All events are free to the public.

Murray said WSU students are planning more constitution-related activities for the week of Sept. 19-23, including a voter registration drive. Specific dates and times for those activities are still being worked out.

In 2004, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring all federally funded educational institutions to program activities and events to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution. Citizenship Day or Constitution Day is Sept. 17, marking the date the constitution was signed into law in 1787.

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Contact:

Leah Murray, assistant political science professor
(801) 626-6695 · lmurray@weber.edu

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu

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