Indiana University of Pennsylvania
will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 15, with several events free
and open to the community.
Constitution Day commemorates the
September 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution, which is 227 years old this
Sponsored by the College of
Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science, events at
IUP will lead off with a public reading of the Constitution by members of the
IUP community from noon to 1:00 p.m. in front of Stapleton Library, facing the Oak
Grove. The first 100 participants will receive a special “We the People at IUP”
T-shirt, as well as a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.
“We hear a lot of talk about what the Constitution does or
doesn’t do, especially from politicians,” Gwen Torges, political science faculty
member and Constitution Day organizer, said. “‘We the people’ can’t hold
our politicians accountable if we haven’t read the Constitution ourselves.”
From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., the Center for Student Life, in
partnership with Torges, will present “A Casual Conversation with
the Founding Fathers” in the Hadley Union Building Ohio Room.
The presentation is a conversation with four of the
Constitution’s authors, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Charles Pinckney and James
Madison, portrayed by political science faculty members David Chambers, Steve
Jackson and Mac Fiddner and history faculty member Joe Mannard, respectively.
The discussion is designed to provide insight into the
authors’ thoughts when they wrote the U.S. Constitution, as well as how they
might view contemporary constitutional challenges. Audience participation and
questions are encouraged.
“These events offer a good chance to reflect on the
Constitution,” Torges said. “I’m hoping that people will come with lots of
with the Founding Fathers” is part of IUP’s fall 2014 Six O’Clock Series. Offered
Monday evenings throughout the academic semester, the series provides an
opportunity to learn about current issues and approach familiar topics from a
new perspective. All of the presentations are free and open to the community.