Immigration Issue Focus of Constitution Week Activities

OGDEN, Utah – The controversial Arizona immigration law and the constitutional amendment that may challenge it, 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, departments of history, performing arts, and 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 panel discussion on “The Constitutionality of the Arizona Immigration Law,” at 11:30 a.m., Sept. 17, in the Shepherd Union Ballroom C. The discussion will feature Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem).

This year’s scheduled events at WSU include:

Monday (Sept. 13): 11:30 a.m. – “Equality – the 14th Amendment,” presented by political science professor Thom Kuehls and history professor Susan Matt, in the Shepherd Union Lair;

Tuesday (Sept. 14): 10:30 a.m. – A Read-a-thon of the U.S. Constitution, in the Shepherd Union Atrium;

Wednesday (Sept. 15): 11:30 a.m. -- “Due Process of Law” presented by adjunct criminal justice professor Chris Zimmerman in the Shepherd Union Lair; and

Thursday (Sept. 16): 10:30 a.m. – “The People Speak—Readers Theater,” edited by Howard Zinn, featuring dramatic readings celebrating the enduring spirit of dissent, in the Shepherd Union Lair.

All events 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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Leah Murray, assistant professor of political science
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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