Political Science Department Events


Monday, September 18, 2017

Reading of the US Constitution

Front Entrance, Stapleton Library

Constitution Day commemorates the September 1787 signing of the US Constitution, which is 230 years old this year.

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 Stabley 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 and a star-shaped cookie. IUP President Michael Driscoll will begin the event with a reading of the Preamble.

The intentions of the authors of the US Constitution will be explored in this Six O’Clock Series presentation.

Three of the Constitution’s authors—Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison—will discuss the challenges in drafting the Constitution, and will speculate about what the Founders would think of today’s politics. These founders will be portrayed, respectively, by IUP political science professors David Chambers and Steven Jackson and by history professor Joe Mannard. Audience participation and questions are encouraged.