Constitution Week 2013

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Mon, Sep 16, 11am-1pm: All this talk about war: The Syrian Crisis, Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility – Garrett Conference Center Room 115

Come enjoy lunch and join the roundtable discussion on the crisis in Syria and the debate between the president and Congress over presidential war powers.  Discussion led by Drs. Roger Murphy, Tim Rich, Sol Kiasatpour and Jeff Budziak.  Sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

Tue, Sep 17: Constitution Day

Happy 226th Birthday Party, 1-2.30pm, Grise Hall Lawn

Birthday party for the U.S. Constitution!  It’s a chance to celebrate our democracy, to get pocket Constitutions, non-partisan information, cupcakes and much more.  College Democrats and Republicans will distribute information about party membership and upcoming elections.  There will be hot dogs, cupcakes, music and fun!

The Ballot or the Bullet – Black Voter Suppression and Premature Death, 4-5pm, Garrett Conference Center Room 115

This last summer we saw voting rights gutted and vigilante racist violence justified.  Malcolm, Trayvon, Obama – what do they teach us about Black voter suppression, criminalization and premature death? Presentation and discussion led by Dr. Judy Rohrer, Director of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. Sponsored by WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and the African American Studies Program.

Wed, Sep 18

Study Abroad Fair, 10-3, MMTH Lobby

The Constitution guarantees our right to freely associate, to exchange ideas, and to assemble as we seek out our own truth.  What better way to expose yourself to new ideas and cultures than to travel the world.  Check out the Study Abroad Fair so you can “Go From the Hilltop to the World”. T-shirt giveaway and scholarship drawing. Sponsored by the WKU Study Abroad and Global Learning Office.

The Right to Vote? Challenges to Political Rights in America, 3.30-4.30, Cherry Hall Room 125

A panel discussion on the history of the struggle to protect voting rights for African Americans in the South and other groups across the nation.  Panelist include Dr. Patti Minter, Dr.Tony Harkins, and Dr. Selena Sanderfer.  Sponsored by the Department of History.

Thu, Sep 19: Rep. John Lewis on Voting Rights Struggles Then & Now, 6-7, ICSR Garrett Conference Center Room 115

Video presentation and discussion led by students in Project Freedom School. Sponsored by WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and the African American Studies Program.

Happening All Week

  • Banned Books Week exhibit on 5th Floor of Cravens Library
  • Constitution Hall Pass, September 9 – 20.  Live chat on weekdays from 6am to 5pm Central time. Sponsored by the National Constitution Center
  • There’s an app for that – Pocket Constitutions available for iphone and ipod touch.  Buy directly from the App Store.

Constitution Week sponsored by WKU Political Engagement Project (PEP)

(Source: Email from Dr. Saundra Ardrey)

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