Constitution Day: Honoring the Founders' Legacy
Azusa Pacific University unites with schools around the country to celebrate Constitution Day.
Students are invited to join The American Founding class (POLI 376) led by Christopher Flannery, Ph.D., professor of history and political science, on Thursday, September 15, from 11:25 a.m.– 12:50 p.m. in Ronald 109 for a discussion on the U.S. Constitution. The lecture is open to all students and includes pizza and refreshments.
Constitution Day Background:
Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believes that American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd proposed an amendment that was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.
The legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year. This date was chosen due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American public.
- www.constitutionday.com/index.html - An online, interactive Constitution resource page.
- www.constitutioncenter.org - An online, interactive Constitution.
- www.archives.gov - Includes interactive, online features about the Constitution, with biographical sketches of the 39 signers of the Constitution.