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Constitution Day Celebrated

Friday, September 17, 2010
Marymount University celebrated Constitution Day with a special luncheon; free pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution; and a thought-provoking presentation entitled "Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional?", given by Dr. Douglas Reed, associate professor of Government at Georgetown University.

Dr. Reed explained that a recent federal law requires all educational institutions that receive federal funding to provide a program about the Constitution on the anniversary of its signing – September 17, 1787. The intent of the legislation was to celebrate the document that established the framework of American democracy and educate the nation’s citizens about its provisions.

Rather than “reverencing” the Constitution this day, Dr. Reed urged his listeners to examine it closely and learn about its history and role. He stressed that the Constitution is an evolving document that has been strengthened by the Bill of Rights and numerous amendments that deal with issues the Founding Fathers could not have imagined. He emphasized that ongoing examination and discussion of the Constitution is an exercise in democracy.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
1- Seniors Christen Dressel, a Psychology major, and Brian Tinsman, a Communication major, pick up copies of the U.S. Constitution.

2 – Dr. Douglas Reed, associate professor of Government at Georgetown University