Help commemorate Constitution Day 2013 by participating in a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at noon on Monday, September 16, in the Oak Grove in front of the library.
Starting with the Preamble and concluding with the 27th Amendment, we'll bring the words of this venerated document to life. If you have never heard the Constitution read aloud, prepare to be moved.
Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to participate in honoring the 227th anniversary of the Constitution with this public reading. The first 100 people to arrive can read a portion of the Constitution. Readers will receive a pocket-sized copy of the U.S. Constitution, a “We the People at IUP” t-shirt, and a star-shaped cookie.
The public reading of the Constitution is part of IUP’s annual commemoration of Constitution Day. The event is cosponsored by the Department of Political Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Formal commemoration of Constitution Day is a relatively new phenomenon. Frustrated by many Americans' lack of even basic knowledge about their government and its history, Senator Robert Byrd decided to take a proactive approach to increase civic awareness. The West Virginian Senator authored legislation—which became law in December 2004—that requires universities to teach their students about the U.S. Constitution.
Starting in 2005, on September 17 each year, every educational institution that receives any federal funds (and that includes just about every university in the country) must implement some sort of educational programming designed to raise awareness about the Constitution and its history.
Is your knowledge about the Constitution a little rusty? You’re not alone. In a survey by the National Constitution Center, only 1.8 percent of college students knew that James Madison is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution, compared to 58.3 percent who know that Bill Gates is the father of Microsoft. The following links will take you to a variety of resources that provide information about the history and content of the U.S. Constitution.