Catawba College is recognizing "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 with the following opportunities for community members to learn more about the governing document of the United States of America, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary of its signing.
Commemoration @ 9:30am
At 9:30 a.m. in Hedrick Administration Building 320, Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will be speaking on the role of the constitution in defining the separation of powers between the three branches of government for the class POLS 3510: Constitutional Law — Powers & Federalism. Members of the community are welcomed to join the class and participate in this discussion. Members of the community are welcomed to join the class and participate in this discussion in commemoration of Constitution Day
In addition, members of the Catawba community can review the following websites for further information about the role and influence of the U.S. Constitution in our nation:
- The Library of Congress (the world's largest library) presents various documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/continental)
- The National Archives holds the governing charter of the United States government, and has a scanned image of the document at its website (www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html) in addition to the history of the creation and ratification of the Constitution (www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_history.html). A transcript of the U.S. Constitution can be found on the National Archives' website as well (www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html).
- The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has an online feature entitled "Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline" found at its website (constitutioncenter.org/timeline) as well as a video on the The Presidency, hosted by George Stephanopoulos (constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day).
- The Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier offers a wide range of information and resources about the governing document (center.montpelier.org).
About constitution day
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.
When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. This was the case in 2005, when Constitution Day was generally observed on Friday, September 16 and 2006 when the holiday was observed on Monday, September 18.
Universities and colleges nationwide have created "U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks" in order to meet the requirements of the law.