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2011.08.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Preps for Constitution Week Events

Omaha - The Department of Political Science and the Service-Learning Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a free panel discussion, “The Debt Ceiling and the Constitution,” at noon on Monday, Sept. 12. The event will be held in the Dodge Room, located on the third floor of UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.

The four panelists will discuss America’s debt ceiling and its relationship to the U.S Constitution.

The panelists are John Bartle, interim dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Randy Adkins, professor in the Department of Political Science; Paul Landow, professor in the Department of Political Science; and Carson Holloway, associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

The panel discussion is part 2011 Constitution Week at UNO.

The Sept. 12 panel and additional Constitution Week events are free and open to the public.

“Perhaps now more than ever we need to pause and consider the meaning and history of the Constitution in our democracy,” said Paul Sather, director of UNO’s Service-Learning Academy. “Constitution Week provides that opportunity through this series of informative events. I urge everyone to take the time to attend these presentations and become that informed, engaged citizen that our government depends on to function effectively.”

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
Linda Duckworth of the League of Women Voters will portray, in full costume, Susan B. Anthony. She will also offer a presentation on her efforts to secure voting rights for women.

10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge
Northwest High School Magnet students will share school contest entries on the topic of "Freedom in the Post-9/11 World."

10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room
Dr. Lucas Morel, professor of Political Science at William and Lee University in Lexington, Va., will host a public lecture, “Lincoln and the Constitution: A Unionist for the sake of Liberty.” Morel holds a master’s degree in Politics and a doctoral degree in Political Science, both from The Claremont Graduate School.

"A core part of the university's mission is to educate students and the public for responsible and informed citizenship,” Holloway said. “Such citizenship requires a deep knowledge of the Constitution, its historical development and the key arguments over its meaning. Our Constitution Week programs are designed to foster this knowledge."

For more information, call (402) 554-4862.

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