National Constitution Day
September 11, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 03
National Constitution Day, September 17, marks the 225th Anniversary of our nation’s founding document. In celebration of this landmark date, the University of Pennsylvania’s Office of Government and Community Affairs and the Fels Institute of Government will host Founding the Presidency: A Constitution Day Conversation with Dr. Richard Beeman and David Thornburgh at 2 p.m. in Houston Hall’s Class of ’49 Auditorium. Birthday cake will be served in honor of the Constitution’s birthday.
Penn Law will host an exhibit of select original documents of James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, framer of the Constitution, and member of the first US Supreme Court, plus other historical documents written or signed by President George Washington and Patrick Henry. This free exhibit will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Biddle Law Library. At 2 p.m., Penn Law Professor William Ewald will deliver a brief lecture on Wilson’s remarkable career as a national leader, lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, and legal educator. Contact Steven Barnes, (email@example.com) for more information.
The Penn Bookstore will feature a special display of American history books and students from Penn Leads the Vote will conduct a voter registration drive in the Bookstore lobby from noon-2 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to enjoy the National Constitution Center’s free Constitution Day program of events on Monday, September 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A complete listing of the celebrations at the NCC can be found at http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day/
On Wednesday, September 19, the School of Arts & Sciences’ 60-Second Lecture program will feature Penn Professor Mary Frances Berry. What Would the Founders Think: Political Polarization and the 2012 Election will be held at Stiteler Plaza, 37th and Locust Walk beginning at 11:55 a.m. Rain Location: Bistro, Houston Hall. Stop by to pick up a pocket Constitution, courtesy of the Office of Government and Community Affairs.
For more information contact Penn’s Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 898-1388.
Voter Registration Information
- Tuesday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day, contact OGCA
- Tuesday, October 9, is the deadline to register to vote in the November 6 Presidential Election. If you have recently moved, you will need to re-register at your new address in order to vote in your local polling place.
OGCA distributed voter registration forms to all schools and key locations across campus. Forms are available at these locations:
- All Deans’ Offices
- CURF (Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships), 220 S. 40th Street, 2nd Floor
Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk
- Houston Hall Information Desk
- College Hall Information Desk
- Student Financial Services
- Civic House
- Carriage House
Those who would like to make voter registration forms available in their area may contact OGCA.