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Constitution Day 2013

Posted: August 19, 2013

Azusa Pacific University unites with schools around the country to celebrate Constitution Day.

Campus Event:

Students are invited to join The American Founding class (POLI  376) led by Christopher Flannery, Ph.D., professor of history and political science, on Tuesday, September 17, from 1:05 – 2:30 p.m. in Ronald 109 for a lecture, "The Constitution: Pro-Slavery or Anti-Slavery Document?" The lecture is open to all students and includes food 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 selected in recognition of September 17, 1787, when the delegates of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American public.

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