Events Planned to Celebrate U.S. Constitution

OGDEN, Utah – Students and faculty in Weber State University's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have scheduled a series of 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."

Activities get underway on Sept. 6 at noon in Shepherd Union 347-348 with a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winner Linda Greenhouse.

Greenhouse, who has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times since 1978, will present "The Living Constitution." In 1998, Greenhouse won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting.

Planned events also include:

Scholarly component – History professor Bill Allison and political science professor Nancy Haanstad will discuss the war in Iraq on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in Shepherd Union 417.

Historical component – Political science professors Frank Guliuzza and Thom Kuehls, along with history professor Stephen Francis, will discuss the founding of the U.S. Constituation on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in Shepherd Union 417.

Current Issues component – Assistant microbiology professor Michele Zwolinski will discuss intelligent design on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. in Shepherd Union 417.

All events are free to the public.

Murray said WSU students also are planning other related activities for Sept. 25-29, including a voter-registration drive.

In 2004, the U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring all federally funded educational institutions to plan 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.

For more information, contact Murray at (801) 626-6695.

Leah Murray, assistant political science professor
(801) 626-6695 •
Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
(801) 626-7948 •