The University of Maine at Presque Isle will celebrate the 229th birthday of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a special presentation delivered by Dr. Brent Andersen, an assistant professor of political science (adjunct) at the University.

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On Friday, September 16, from Noon to 1 p.m., students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to observe Constitution Day by gathering in the University’s Campus Center, Room 118, for this special lecture, which is titled How the 13th and 14th Amendments Changed the Constitution. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Andersen developed this lecture for the Maine Humanities Council’s “World In Your Library” program. In it, he explains how these two amendments engendered a change in constitutional law, and paved the way for several landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education, which overturned legalized racial segregation in public education.

Dr. Andersen explained that the theme of this Constitution Day event was in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment:

Congress designated September 17 as Constitution Day – a national celebration of our country’s founding document – to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution.

To provide education to the entire campus community, the University plans to install a display at the Center for Innovative Learning featuring information about the Constitution. As well, anyone logging onto the University’s homepage can click on the Constitution Day box, which will lead them to an interactive version of the Constitution at www.constitutioncenter.org/constitution.

The Constitution Day lecture is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Pocket-sized printed copies of the U.S. Constitution will be distributed during the event. For more information, call 768-9452 or email gshaw@maine.edu.

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