UWG Celebrates Constitution Day

Monday, September 14, 2009

The University of West Georgia will present two events commemorating Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17. A lecture and debate will highlight our academic and democratic freedoms students and citizens have in America. Both events are free and the community is invited to attend.

The Ingram Library will host an observance of Constitution Day with Dr. Stanley Caress, professor of political science, in the Ingram Library at 11 a.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The award-winning UWG Debate team will sponsor an evening debate on “Fallout: The Constitutional Crises Arising from Nuclear Weapons” in the Technology-enhanced Learning Center at 7 p.m. in rooms 1301 or 1305.

Caress will talk about “Why We Care about the Constitution” as part of the national observance of Constitution Day. The event is co-sponsored by the library, the American Democracy Project, the Murphy Center for Public Service and the office of Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Constitution Day, created by federal legislation in 2004, commemorates September 17, 1787, which is the date that the 39 delegates in the Constitution Convention signed the newly created United States Constitution. The delegates hoped that this new framework for a national government would provide a permanent guarantee of the political liberties achieved in the Revolution.

For more information, contact Catherine Hendricks at 678-839-5337 or e-mail chendric@westga.edu.