Constitution Day

On Friday, September 17, the Criminal Justice and Political Science departments will again host “Constitution Day” activities. All events are free and open to the public.

A nationally recognized event, Constitution Day celebrates September 17, 1787, the official date the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 men who changed the course of history. “Congress passed a law in 1994 that put into place the annual celebration of what we consider to be the birth of our nation,” said David Goldberg, C.O.D. political science professor and event co-coordinator. “We try to put together fun events that mix education with entertainment.”

Following are relevant links for additional information about the speaker, the Supreme Court case, and the McCormick Foundation.

Constitution Day Schedule of Events

Friday, September 17, 2010


TEC 1038

9:00am-1pm McCormick Foundation Freedom Express

The Freedom Express is a 45-foot mobile museum that tells the story of our First Amendment freedoms of speech, religion, petition, press and assembly through artifacts and award-winning, computer-based interactive activities. The Freedom Express will be located at the loading dock near the cafeteria in the Student Resource Center.

10:30am-11:30am Press Freedoms in the Information Age: Supply, Demand, and Democracy in TEC 1038A/B

Shawn Healy, Resident Scholar at the McCormick Foundation Civic Program, will speak on challenges at the intersection of the media and democratic politics in the 21st century.

11:30am-12:30pm Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District in

TEC 1038A/B

Ms. Tinker was a 13 year old student when she and her brother were suspended from school for wearing an arm band to protest the Vietnam War. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the school’s prohibition violated the student’s First Amendment Rights. Come and hear Mary Beth Tinker tell her story.

College of DuPage Constitution events are open to all students, college staff, and community members. For more information, contact Professor Goldberg, Ext. 3722, or Professor Klein, Ext. 3019. Sponsored by the Constitution Day Committee and the Criminal Justice and Political Science departments.

For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, call 630.942.2141 (voice) or 630.858.9692 (TDD).


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