SOU Celebrates Constitution Day

(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.

On Monday, September 17th, programs featuring Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will play continuously from 10:30am to 3:00pm in the Southern Oregon University Lenn and Dixie Hannon Library Digital Media Gallery, room 120, main floor. Among the programs:

  • Our Constitution: A Conversation, features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discussing why we need a Constitution;
  • A Conversation on the Constitution:  Judicial Independence, features Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discussing judicial independence; and
  • Key Constitutional Concepts, a three-part series examining the guiding principles of the constitution.

Additional programs include a documentary that tells the story of a 1991 landmark Supreme Court case involving the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause; and selections from National Public Radio’s Justice Talking series.

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.

For a fascinating look at the actual documents, visit the Federal Archives.

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