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 SRU to Join in Webcast for First 'Constitution Day' 



Sept. 7, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The U.S. Supreme Court makes news often. On Sept. 16, Slippery Rock University students will tap into a national Webcast featuring Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer talking about the importance of the U.S. Constitution.

           The simulcast is part of SRU’s first Constitution Day of educational programming, which Congress mandated for all institutions receiving federal funding. Congress set aside Sept. 17 for Constitution Day, because the Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787. SRU will mark the day Sept. 16, a Friday.

           The Webcast will be viewed from noon to 3 p.m. in the University Union’s Multi-Purpose Room. Open to the public, O'Connor and Breyer will talk about the Constitution with high school students at the Supreme Court. The classroom-ready video will feature the justices taking questions and discussing the purpose of Constitution, federalism, civil rights and the separation of powers between branches of government.

           SRU will also host a free-speech debate from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the union, as well as discussions on the Webcast.

Roundtable discussion

           SRU’s department of political science will sponsor a Constitution and Citizen Day Roundtable from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20, in room 204 of the union. Participants will discuss civic engagement, pressure on the Constitution amid the treat of terrorism, selecting Supreme Court justices and issues of contemporary civil rights, including gay marriage.

           SRU’s Dr. Mark Daniels, professor of political science, will moderate. The public is welcome. Refreshments will be available.

“In light of vacancies on the Supreme Court, there are not only issues of nomination and confirmation of the justices, but subsequent decisions regarding civil liberties to discuss,” Daniels said.

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