SOU Marks Constitution Day with Library Display

(Ashland, Ore.) – In recognition of Constitution Day, Southern Oregon University will host activities on the Ashland Campus commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. An exhibit in the lobby of the Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library honoring the signing of the U.S. Constitution is currently on display.

On Monday, September 20th, programs featuring Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will play continuously from 10:30am to 3:00pm in lobby of the Southern Oregon University Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library.  The first program, Our Constitution: A Conversation, features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discussing why we need a Constitution.  The second program, A Conversation on the Constitution:  Judicial Independence, features Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discussing judicial independence. The third program, Key Constitutional Concepts, a three-part series examining the guiding principles of the constitution, will also be featured.  A fourth program is a documentary that tells the story of a 1991 landmark Supreme Court case involving the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Copies of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights will be available in the Government Publications Section of the Hannon Library at SOU, which is the Government Documents Depository for Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

These activities are free and open to the public.

Across the country on the week before or after September 17, education institutions host events to remember the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The federal government has asked that all institutions receiving federal funding sponsor some type of event. For additional information on the Constitution Day federal requirement, go to:www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html.

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