Written by Marta Lee, Associate Librarian
On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. This year marked the 221st anniversary of the Constitution’s ratification and the fourth annual celebration of the event at Regent.
As in past years, the University Library, in partnership with the Law Library and the Office of Student Services, presented a faculty symposium in the Library Atrium. A light brunch was provided for sixty attendees and speakers. Program speakers included Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Robert Stacey from the Roberson School of Government and Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño from the School of Undergraduate Studies. Director of Student Life Dr. Wendi Santee moderated the program. Vice President Dr. Carlos Campo opened the event in prayer and led the speakers and audience in reciting the Preamble to the Constitution.
The topic for this years’ symposium was “how do the Constitution and Presidential Elections fulfill Abraham Lincoln’s statement that democracy is “government of the people, by the people, for the people?” Dr. Dyer discussed the relationship between voter turnout and citizen participation in the political process with the idea of a government of, by, and for the people. Dr. Moreno-Riaño lectured on Lincoln’s interpretation of the Constitution and how it affected his view of the Civil War. Dr. Moreno-Riaño stated that Lincoln felt the Constitution was designed to support the United States as a perpetual union. Dr. Stacey talked about how modern political campaigns play to voters’ emotions and discourage quiet deliberation. Dr Stacey also discussed the Electoral College and how it has changed over the past 230 years. A lively question and answer session followed the prepared remarks.
The video of this Constitution Day forum is available online at:
Written by Jon Ritterbush, Associate Librarian
Locating the full-text of playscripts can sometimes be challenging, but with the addition of new online resources at Regent University Library, the prospects for finding these scripts has improved.
If you know the title or author of a play you’re searching for…
the best starting point is often the library catalog. A keyword search for a play such as Our Town may yield some helpful results including performances on VHS or DVD, and printed copies in other anthologies. Even though the titles of some of these books may not include the phrase Our Town, it’s possible this play will be listed in the table of contents or other notes, which are captured through a keyword search. For an example, see this link to “Twelve American Plays” in the library catalog, and click on the More Details tab to discover which plays are included in this book.
If your catalog searches produce no results, or if you want to browse for plays…
Play Index is an excellent database for searching by title, author, subject, casting mix or genre. Play Index includes citations for over 30,000 plays written since antiquity and published after 1949. As a sample of its scope, Play Index identifies 52 plays with a subject of “crucifixion,” 90 plays about “prejudice,” and 118 plays about “poverty.”
Most citations within Play Index will include a brief abstract of the play, the number of acts andor scenes, the number of cast members, and additional subject descriptors. Play Index does not contain full-text playscripts, but it does provide a helpful link labeled “Find this play in a book”.
Following this link will lead to a list of titles where this play is published, including any anthologies or collections of plays. For example, someone searching Play Index for Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard would learn there are 39 books that include the full text of this play, some of which are here at Regent according to the library catalog.
If you are looking for full-text playscripts online…
try this new database at Regent University Library: Twentieth Century North American Drama. This database provides full text to over 1,200 plays, and like Play Index, has the ability to browse by author, subject and date. Some 37 works of Thornton Wilder, including Our Town, are available in full-text through this database, as well as other works by American authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Booth Tarkington and Langston Hughes.