CSU announces annual 'Constitution Week' activities

Presentations on leadership, a first amendment-themed luncheon, debates on Arizona's immigration law, and whether the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution should be repealed, are just some of Clayton State University's planned activities for Constitution Week, the university announced on Friday.

CSU will hold its annual Constitution Week celebration during the week of Sept. 13-17. As has been the case in the past, there are several activities scheduled to celebrate the 223rd birthday of the U.S. Constitution.

According to the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's web site, the Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, by delegates at the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, Pa.

"As is always the case, Clayton State is making use of the resources of the nearby National Archives at Atlanta for Constitution Week," University Spokesman John Shiffert said, in a written statement. "The National Archives will display documents related to the 14th Amendment, from Tuesday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Sept. 17, on ‘Main Street,' on the second floor of the [James M. Baker University Center]."

For several years, Clayton State has devoted a week of activities to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. In addition to having documents from the National Archives on display, Shiffert said, another Constitution Week mainstay –– a voter registration drive –– is also back. The registration drive will take place all week, from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., in the Baker Center, Shiffert said.

Other Constitution Week events will include:

• A First Amendment "Lunch and Learn" session, on Monday, Sept. 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in Ballroom "C," of the university's Student Activities Center. Barbara Goodman, chairperson of Clayton State's Department of English, will lead the discussion.

• A Volunteer Fair will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.

• A constitutional debate, moderated by Clayton State Associate Professor of Philosophy Alexander Hall and Associate Professor of Communication Felicia Stewart, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 11:15 a.m., to 12:35 p.m., at the Judge Eugene Lawson Amphitheatre, by the university's Swan Lake. The debate topics will include: Should the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution be repealed? Can Arizona's immigration law be enforced with the use of racial profiling? Should First Amendment rights be abridged, because of 9/11 sensitivities?

• A "Lead the Way" discussion, led by State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ellenwood), on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Ballroom.

• The Constitution Week Keynote Address, delivered by Eric Segall, a professor of law at Georgia State University, on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 2 p.m., to 2:50 p.m., in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center.

• A New York Times Talk session, on "Technology and Our Brains," which will be led by Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Barbara Musolf, on Thursday, Sept. 16, in room 322, of the Baker Center.

• Another "Lead the Way" discussion, this time led by Clayton State Vice President of External Relations Robert L. "Steve" Stephens, on Thursday, Sept. 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in room 268 of the Baker Center.