Discover your constitutional rights and responsibilities at Georgia Southern University’s Constitution Day event
On Sept. 17, 1787, the American federal government we know today was born. This was the day the United States Constitution was signed. More than 200 years later, its anniversary is aptly referred to as Constitution Day.
Georgia Southern University is gearing up to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 18 on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, during its annual event that delves deep into the heart of American democracy. This event aims to shed light on the Constitution’s significance in American society and government, emphasizing both our rights and responsibilities as citizens.
While the anniversary itself falls on Sunday, the events will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. One event will take place on the Statesboro campus in Carroll Building 2227, and another on the Armstrong campus in University Hall 106.
Jamie Scalera-Elliott, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, said this event is a unique opportunity for students and community members to gain a deeper understanding of the Constitution and their role in upholding its principles.
“There’s an assumption that we, as Americans, will be participatory in our government and in politics,” she said. “We often think about individual rights, and what the government is going to provide for us, but we often don’t think of the other side of that coin: what we are responsible to do for each other and for the government.”
One of the event’s highlights is the featured speaker, attorney Troy Marsh from the Marsh Law Firm in Statesboro. Marsh will tackle constitutional rights that students may not be aware of, offering valuable insights into the legal landscape. Following his presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session moderated by faculty members.
What sets Constitution Day apart is its inclusivity. It’s not just for political science enthusiasts; it’s an event for everyone. Scalera-Elliott stressed that the event is open to “all students and members of the community who want to come and hear from our faculty and the local expert.”
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