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September 16th, 2009
Texas State discourses and dialogues on Constitution Day

STAFF REPORT

On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 men signed a document that, in many ways, changed the course of human history. The document was the constitution of the United States of America. It is the oldest and shortest written constitution of any government in the world.

The date was proclaimed “Citizenship Day” in 1952. In 2004, Congress changed its designation to be “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” Part of the latter legislation stipulates that “each educational institution that receives Federal funds shall hold an educational program on the Constitution for students on Sept. 17 of each year. ”

That day is Thursday. Texas State is honoring Constitution Day in a number of ways. The carillon, the Texas State bell tower, will play the national anthem at 7:55 a.m, 12:20 p.m. and 5 p.m.

From 5-6 p.m. there will be an Associated Student Government (ASG) faculty panel discussion, featuring Political Science faculty members, entitled, “How the Constitution Affect Students” at Lampasas Hall, Room 100.

The Political Science Department sponsors the Discourse in Democracy Series, which will include a “Join the Discourse Event- Political Science Celebrates National Constitution Day.” It is co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha and takes place from 6:30-9 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center.

For additional information on the Discourse in Democracy series, including a calendar of events, go to http://www.polisci.txstate.edu/Discourse.html.

The Philosophy Dialogue Series dedicates the week of Sept. 17 to topics related to the constitution. For details on this Philosophy Department sponsored series, including specific topics, dates, and speakers, go to: http://www.txstate.edu/philosophy (click on “Dialogue Series”).

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