Constitution Day Is September 17

Posted on 9/11/2008 4:09:08 PM

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, IUP will join universities across the country to commemorate Constitution Day.  The day marks the 221st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, before it was sent to the states for ratification.  Since September of 2005, federal law mandates that all institutions of higher education observe the day by hosting events and activities designed to generate greater awareness about our system of government, and also to stimulate thoughtful, critical debate about some of the major issues of our times.

All IUP students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend one or more of the scheduled activities.  We’d especially like to have staff and faculty represented in the first event of the day, a public reading of the U.S. Constitution.  Details about how you can participate as a reader are included below.  Faculty members are encouraged to announce these events to their students.  Extra credit vouchers will be available for those faculty who wish to offer extra credit for student attendance.

Public Reading of the Constitution
Noon to 1:00 p.m., Oak Grove
One hundred members of the IUP community – students, staff and faculty – will gather to read the Constitution, starting with the Preamble and ending with the 27th Amendment.  Want to be a reader?  Send an e-mail message to  The first 100 responders will join in the reading and will receive a “We the People at IUP” t-shirt.

Making Sense of the Electoral College
1:30-2:30 p.m., 210 Stabley Library
Ever wondered what the heck the Electoral College is all about?  Professor Emeritus Ed Platt will help us make sense of this confusing institution to elect American presidents in a presentation:  “The Electoral College:  Origins, rationale, evolution and alternatives.”

A Conversation with the Framers
3:00-4:00 p.m., HUB Allegheny Room
Sit in on a chat with three of the writers of the U.S. Constitution - Ben Franklin (aka Professor David Chambers), James Madison (aka Professor Joe Mannard) and Charles Pinckney (aka Professor Mac Fiddner) – to gain insight on how the Framers envisioned presidential elections and the office of the president.