Constitution Day

Texas A&M Celebrates Constitution Day & Citizenship Week 2015

Background

On May 24, 2005, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education announced that, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.  A notice published in the Federal Register outlined the requirements for such a program.  The legislation did not authorize funds to carry out this requirement and the Notice of Implementation does not indicate that the Department of Education has plans to monitor compliance.

2015 Activities

In honor of the 228th anniversary of the signing of United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, Texas A&M University is joining thousands of citizens, teachers, and students nationwide in celebrating Constitution Day. Join the celebration by participating in the activities planned for the Texas A&M campus and the Bryan-College Station community.

Monday, September 14

  • 11:00 p.m.—KAMU-TV—U.S. Constitution with Judge J.D. Langley

Tuesday, September 15

  • 11:00 p.m.—KAMU-TV—Constitution USA with Peter Sagal #101

Wednesday, September 16

  • 11:00 p.m.—KAMU-TV—Constitution USA with Peter Sagal #102

Thursday, September 17, Constitution Day

  • The University Libraries will distribute copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day
  • 11:30 a.m. ‒ 1:00 p.m. — Aggie Agora Marquee Lecture “A Layman’s Document, Not a
    Lawyer’s Contract: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and American Democracy”
    501 Rudder; pizza & drinks will be provided
    —presented by Dr. Joseph Ura, Director of the American Politics Program, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University.
  • 3:00 p.m.—Bells Across America.—Texas A&M University’s Albritton Tower Carillon will play patriotic music as part of the nationwide initiative “Bells Across America.”
  • 7:00p.m.—Wiley Lecture Series Constitution Day Forum “And Justice for All? Civil Rights at Guantanamo Bay” 1400 MSC—Presenters are Paul J. Springer, Air Command and Staff College; Jim Harrington, Texas Civil Rights Project; Jordan Paust, professor of international law, University of Houston Law Center; and Jared Navjar, J.D., firs amendment litigator.  Moderated by Sahar Aziz, associate professor of law, Texas A&M University School of Law.
  • 11:00 p.m.—KAMU-TV—Constitution USA with Peter Sagal #103

Friday, September 18

  • 1:30 ‒ 2:30 p.m.—The University Libraries will host a talk, titled “Can We Democratize the Constitution without Politicizing the Supreme Court?” Evans Library, Room 204E—presented by Dr. Joseph Ura, director of the American Politics Program, Department of Political Science.
  • 11:00 p.m.—KAMU-TV—Constitution USA with Peter Sagal #104

Saturday, September 19

  • Halftime — Texas Aggie Football—A&M v. Nevada. —The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will pay tribute to the Constitution in the band’s halftime performance.

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