Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Constitution Day

 

 

 

 

ABOUT CONSTITUTION DAY 

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, Congress designated September 17 of each year as Constitution Day, requiring schools receiving federal funds and all federal agencies to coordinate educational events during the week to promote a better understanding of the Constitution. For more information, visit the National Constitution Center.  

 

 

STUDENT INTERVIEWS

Auburn University undergraduate students are invited to contribute brief, online interviews on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to commemorate Constitution Day 2020. 

The fifteen-minute, recorded interviews will be deposited into a Constitution Day collection in the Special Collections & Archives Department of the Auburn University Libraries. Participating students will receive a t-shirt to commemorate Constitution Day. 

 

OLLI CONSTITUTION DAY CONTEST

OLLI members are invited to submit a short essay, story, poem, photograph, or other creative response the following question:

            Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution has the most meaning to you and why? 


CONTEST WINNERS

Most Interesting: The Importance of the U.S. Constitution by Gabi Darch

Most Thought Provoking: The First Amendment by Julia Morgan

Most Relevant to Current Events: Peaceful Protests are a Constitutional Right by Michael Halperin

Most Memorable: The Right to Vote, Especially the 19th Amendment by Sandy Halperin

Most Inspiring: Black Citizens Vote in Lowndes County, Alabama by Bill Lee

Most Informative: Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony byJanet Deutsch

 

CONSTITUTION WEEK FORUM

Students, faculty, and community members are invited to participate in a free, online deliberative forum on “Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus” on Wednesday, September 16 from 2:00-3:30 PM as part of Auburn University’s Constitution Day activities. 

The online forum will be held via Zoom and facilitated by Mark Wilson and Cristin Brawner using a non-partisan issue guide published by NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Download a PDF of the issue guide.

To register and receive a Zoom link, email Hannah White at hew0029@auburn.edu

This Constitution Day event is co-sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

 

CONSTITUTION DAY PANEL

An online panel discussion on “Judge Frank Johnson’s Impact and the U.S. Constitution” featuring U.S Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Alabama Susan Russ Walker and Jones Day attorney Peter Canfield will be held on Constitution Day, September 17, at noon at www.facebook.com/cmdcah

Judge Walker and attorney Canfield served as law clerks for Judge Johnson, who served as a district court judge in the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 1955 to 1979, and a judge on the U.S. Fifth and later Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1999 (taking senior status in 1991). His decisions on voting rights, equal opportunity employment, affirmative action, humane conditions for prison inmates, and the rights of mental patients to adequate care affected the nation and the world. In all his cases, Judge Johnson strove to be faithful to the Constitution. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995.

Thomas Rains, executive director of the Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. Institute, will moderate the panel. Students, teachers, and others interested in history, civil rights, the law, and the U.S. Constitution are encouraged to watch the panel live. 


Questions? Contact Hannah White at hew0029@auburn.edu

Last Updated: September 17, 2020