STORRS , Conn.–
International, national, and local perspectives on the United States Constitution and democracy will be the focus of a day-long event on Sept. 19 at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus.
Veronica Makowsky, vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of Connecticut, is organizing the Constitution Day celebration in conjunction with the Honors Program, the School of Law, and the Political Science Department at the university.
"The University of Connecticut is pleased to participate in this initial celebration of Constitution Day," says Makowsky. "Our program exemplifies the best in undergraduate education, uniting theory with application and engagement. From these distinguished and committed experts, students and faculty will not only learn more about the Constitution, but see its implications as a living document that affects events internationally, nationally, and locally."
Activities for the day include three events:
- 10 A.M. The role of constitutions in new democratic systems worldwide will be the subject of a 10 a.m. talk by Oksan Bayulgen, an assistant professor of political science at the university who has conducted extensive field work in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Norway as part of her research on the relationship between globalization and democratization
- 1 P.M. A national perspective on “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: What would John Roberts do?” will be offered by David Yalof, an associate professor of political science at the university and co-author of The First Amendment and the Media in the Court of Public Opinion.
- 4-5:30 P.M. Daniel Krisch, one of the attorneys who won a Supreme Court decision on eminent domain – the “New London Takings Case” – will participate in a panel discussion of the case with Jeremy Paul, the Thomas F. Gallivan, Jr. professor of real property law and associate dean for research at the University of Connecticut Law School, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
All three talks are free and open to the public and will be in the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center. Informal follow-up discussions – along with a reception where refreshments will be served – will be held after the first two sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the public lounge of the Dodd Center.
Constitution Day, which will be celebrated by many organizations and individuals nationwide on September 16 and 19 this year, was established in 2004 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.