Constitution Week Activities Planned for WSU

September 8, 2009

OGDEN, Utah – The hot-button issue of redistricting and British influences on American government will be among the topics discussed at Weber State University as part of a weeklong celebration commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The series of presentations are sponsored by WSU’s American Democracy Project, Department of History, Department of Political Science and Philosophy, and the Richard Richards Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct.

“Everyone in America knows about the Fourth of July, but the Declaration of Independence is actually secondary in importance when compared to the Constitution,” said Leah Murray, assistant professor of political science. “The Constitution is the document that actually governs us, so it makes sense to celebrate it.”

The week of presentations will culminate with a visit from Nikki Norton, executive director of Fair Boundaries, who will present “Redistricting: Hot Constitutional Issues in Contemporary Times” at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 17, in the Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge.

This year’s scheduled events at WSU include:

Monday (Sept. 14): “Educating the Civics Generation,” presented by political science instructor Paul Goggi and associate history professor Kathryn MacKay;

Tuesday (Sept. 15): “British Invasion: the British Influence on the U.S. Constitution,” presented by assistant history professor Stephen Francis;

Wednesday (Sept. 16): “British Invasion: the Spirit of ’76 and the Making of the U.S. Constitution,” presented by assistant history professor Vikki Vickers; and

Thursday (Sept. 17): “Redistricting: Hot Constitutional Issues in Contemporary Times,” presented by Nikki Norton, executive director of Fair Boundaries.

All events will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge and are free to the public.

In 1952, Congress passed a joint resolution requesting the president of the United States to proclaim the week beginning Sept. 17 of each year as “Constitution Week.”

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Contact:
Leah Murray, assistant professor of political science
801-626-6695 · lmurray@weber.edu
Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu

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