The U.S. Constitution is Celebrating its 227th Birthday—And You’re Invited

Posted on 9/12/2014 1:42:44 PM

IUP will celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 15, 2014, with two events free and open to the public.

This will be the ninth annual observance of the day in 1787 when the final draft of the U.S. Constitution was signed and sent to the states for review and ratification. Everyone on campus and in the community is enthusiastically invited to attend and celebrate the 227th birthday of the Constitution.

Public Reading of the U.S. Constitution

  • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 15
  • In front of Stapleton Library, facing the Oak Grove

Join with students, staff, faculty, and the community in a public reading of the Constitution. 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. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive, and you can read part of the Constitution and receive a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution, a “We the People at IUP” t-shirt, and a star-shaped cookie.

Chat with the Founding Fathers

  • 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, September 15
  • HUB Ohio Room

Enjoy—and participate in—a conversation with four of the framers of the Constitution: Ben Franklin, Charles Pinckney, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, portrayed, respectively, by political science professors David Chambers, Dighton “Mac” Fiddner, and Steven Jackson and History professor Joe Mannard.

Learn what the framers were thinking when they wrote the U.S. Constitution, as well as how they might view contemporary constitutional challenges.

The presentation is part of IUP’s Six O’Clock Series, cosponsored by the Center for Student Life.

“Everyone likes to say what an important, almost sacred, document the U.S. Constitution is,” Gwen Torges, Political Science professor and Constitution Day event organizer, said. “But survey research suggests that most Americans haven’t read the Constitution and don’t have a clear idea of just what’s in it.

“The commemoration of Constitution Day provides an ideal opportunity to take a closer look at how our government is structured and what powers it does—or doesn’t—have. In the past, these events have generated a surprising level of interest and discussion about just what the Founding Fathers were thinking and what they hoped to achieve in writing the Constitution.”