WSU Celebrates Constitution with Cake and Discourse

OGDEN, Utah – Presentations by Sen. Mike Lee and “New York Times” media reporter Brian Stelter are two of a number of activities planned to celebrate Constitution Week at Weber State University September Sept. 16-20.

As is traditional for a birthday, the 226th birthday of the U.S. Constitution will also include a party. The community is invited for cake and complimentary copies of the Constitution on Sept. 17 from 11a.m. to noon in the Shepherd Union Atrium.

The American Democracy Project (ADP) sponsors the events as part of a national effort to remind all citizens — particularly students — of the significance of the U.S. Constitution.

Leah Murray, political science professor and ADP co-chair, helped launch Constitution Week at the university 10 years ago.

“The constitution is the document that really governs our lives,” Murray said. “For 200 years we failed to commemorate its birth, so now we celebrate with Constitution Week to teach students in fun and informative ways that the Constitution is what makes us citizens.”

Daily activities throughout the week include

Sept. 16: Voter registration booth, Shepherd Union Atrium, 9 a.m.-noon

Sept. 17: Birthday cake and complimentary copies of Constitution, Shepherd Union Atrium, 11 a.m.-noon.

Sept. 18: “Compliments of the Constitution,” a video presentation of student knowledge of the Constitution, Shepherd Union Atrium, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 19: “New York Time’s” media reporter Brian Stelter will present “Social Media’s Impact on Governments: Today, Tomorrow, and How It Could Have Impacted History, Including Our Own Revolution,” Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 20: U.S. Sen. Michael Lee will discuss “Freedom and Civil Society: We’re All in This Together,” Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater, 1 p.m. Reception and light refreshments to follow in the Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge. The event is co-sponsored by the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service.

Visit weber.edu/leadership/adp.html for more information about ADP and Constitution Week

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
Contact:
Lean Murray, political science professor and ADP co-chair
801-626-6695 • lmurray@weber.edu

Carol MacNamara, director Olene S. Walker Institute
801-626-6206 • carolmcnamara@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu