John Bercik, a senior Political Science/Pre-Law major, has been selected by the Department of Political Science to give introductory remarks for the first of this year’s Six O’Clock Series presentations, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012, in the Hadley Union Building’s Ohio room.
The presentation, “Original Intentions: A Chat with the Founding Fathers,” commemorates Constitution Day, the day when the authors of the U.S. Constitution signed their work and sent it to the states for ratification. Four of the Founding Fathers—Benjamin Franklin, Charles Pinckney, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison—will be on hand to share insights regarding the Constitutional Convention and what they hoped to achieve with the document. The Founders will be portrayed, respectively, by Political Science professors David Chambers, Dighton “Mac” Fiddner, and Steven Jackson, and by History professor Joe Mannard.
In an effort to give students a greater role in the Six O’Clock Series, the IUP Center for Student Life will for the first time be recruiting students to write and present opening remarks for each presentation.
“When I learned that they wanted a student to provide the opening remarks for the ‘Chat with the Founders,’ I immediately thought of John,” said Gwen Torges, an assistant professor in the Political Science Department and coordinator of IUP’s Constitution Day events. “The Political Science Department is proud to have John represent our department.”