Jesuit Colleges & Universities Mark Constitution Day 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States are hosting a variety of events to commemorate Constitution Day. The U.S. Congress approved the declaration of Constitution Day in 2005 in response to legislative efforts led by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) to formally recognize the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 (constitutionday.com).

Here are some highlights from this year’s campus events to commemorate Constitution Day 2018:

On Monday, September 17, Saint Peter’s University hosted the former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, Kim Guadagno, for a talk on increasing voter access; the event was covered by the FiOS1 TV news station in Jersey City, NJ. That same evening, the University of San Francisco (USF) hosted a Politics Forum event on ‘“Why a Constitutional Crisis in the U.S. is Likely But Not Certain,’ featuring Max Neumann, professor emeritus at UC Riverside and current adjunct professor of politics at USF.

Throughout the day, Regis University’s library featured a display on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence; later in the evening, a nearby pub hosted Constitution Day trivia for students. Constitution Day trivia was also part of the campus events at John Carroll University, which hosted a “dunk tank” for students and their professors. A third trivia event was sponsored by Saint Louis University’s Department of Political Science and Pre-Law Society (the University’s School of Law also hosted a panel and discussion on presidential immunity and the ongoing Mueller investigation of President Trump in the context of constitutional law).

On Wednesday, September 19, Canisius College will host a forum on “The Nomination and Confirmation Process for Supreme Court Justices," led by Buffalo State College Political Science Professor Peter Yacobucci, Ph.D. and Raichle Pre-Law Center Director Robert Klump, and moderated by attorney and Canisius adjunct professor Stacey Moar. On Thursday, September 27, Loyola University Maryland will host a talk by Professor Marc DeGirolami (a leading scholar of constitutional law at St. John's Law School) on recent Supreme Court cases addressing the First Amendment.

An ongoing exhibit in the Walsh Gallery at the Fairfield University Art Museum, “Guns in the Hands of Artists,” features mixed media created with decommissioned guns, designed to encourage conversation on gun rights and violence in America. Students who view the exhibit on Monday, September 17 will receive a special course credit.

Creighton University, Fordham University, Gonzaga University, Rockhurst University and Saint Joseph’s University are distributing pocket Constitutions to members of their campus communities; Fordham, Gonzaga, Saint Joseph’s and USF (along with Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Maryland) are also encouraging students, faculty and staff to vote through social media outreach and voter registration drives. The University of Scranton is also distributing resources related to the Constitution; an additional event, “A Conversation in our Community about our Country,” focusing on the Constitution, will be held at the city of Scranton’s Public Library on September 27.

Please submit additional events to AJCU’s Director of Communications, Deanna Howes Spiro: dhowes@ajcunet.edu.