Constitution Day. . .
Commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution
Why Celebrate the Constitution?
Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believes that American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution.
In 2004, the U.S. Congress designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day -- a day to celebrate and memorialize the events of Sept. 17, 1787, when 39 of 55 delegates from 12 states discarded the Articles of Confederation and created a strong national government with the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Day Activities at UNO
All events are free and open to the public
Monday, Sept. 18
Lecture and Discussion
"An Uncertain Defense: An Examination of Presidents and Civil Liberties, from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush"
Sam Walker, Professor Emeritus, Criminal Justice
UNO Library Cafe
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Panel and discussion
"Pushing the Limits: Your First Amendment Rights in the New Century"
Sponsored by Pi Gamma Mu and the UNO Honors Program
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Dodge Room
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Simulcast and post-lecture discussion
"Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books"
Azar Nafisi, Director of the Dialogue Project,
Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University SAIS
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom
7:15 to 9:30 pm
Thursday, Sept. 21
Lecture and discussion
"It is Broken but Nobody Wants to Fix It: A Call for Constitutional Reform"
Alan Gibson, Associate Professor of Political Science
California State University - Chico
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Gallery Room
2:30 to 4:00pm
Friday, Sept. 22
Campus Telecast and discussion
"Our Constitution - A Conversation with Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer"
Sponsored by the UNO American Humanics program
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Council Room
2:00 to 4:00pm