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Constitution Day luncheon & panel discussion on September 17

Fast Food & Free Speech

Should supporters of gay marriage boycott Chick-fil-A? Should opponents of gay marriage boycott Starbucks? Is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right to protect his citizens from a company that he says does not reflect “Chicago values”?

Are all these protests and counter-protests just the latest silliness in political correctness or are there Constitutional implications? Join the Library this Monday (September 17th) at 12:00 for our Constitution Day celebration as a faculty panel takes on this question. With us to explore how the First Amendment applies to businesses will be Dr. James Davids from the School of Law and Robertson School of Government, Prof. Tessa Dysart from the School of Law, Dr.  F. Mitchell Land from the School of Communication & the Arts, and Dr. Caleb Verbois from the College of Arts & Sciences. Julianne Cenac, Assistant Vice President for Professional & Continuing Education, will moderate the discussion.

The discussion will be preceded by a free pizza luncheon.

We will also unveil the video of We read the Constitution, featuring more than 100 members of the Regent community. For a sample of the video, click here.

Constitution Day is a nationwide observance that marks the signing of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. This year marks the Library’s eighth annual program to celebrate this important event in our Nation’s history.

Join a Regent community-wide reading of the United States Constitution

You are invited to a reading of the U.S. Constitution that will be recorded and played on campus and online on Constitution Day, September 17th. The reading is being pre-recorded so members of the Regent community who are not physically on campus can participate. September 17th is the day that was designated by Congress to observe the date in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. This project, and the hundreds like it across the country, is our way of expressing respect for the importance of the nation’s founding charter and its relevance today.

Please play a part in the reading of the U.S. Constitution by the Regent University community. We have made it easy for you to take part.

If you are on campus, come by the University Library between noon and 6:00 pm on Monday and Tuesday, August 27 and 28. All students, staff and faculty are welcome and encouraged to participate. You will be asked to read a short section of the Constitution after supplying your name and school or department. Because we are expecting over 100 different readers, please be flexible with the section you are asked to read. We may not be able to accommodate people requesting their favorite section.

If you are not on campus, please submit a video of you reading one of the Amendments numbered 17-27. Please state “Amendment #____” before you begin reading. Submit your video clip to Mark Zillges at markzil@regent.edu. Contact Mark if you have any questions about video submissions.

Also, please mark your calendars for the Constitution Day luncheon on September 17th at noon in the Library. More information on this event coming soon!

Image:  http:www.wereadtheconstitution.com

Library hosts Constitution Day symposium

The University Library, together with Regent’s Center for Latino Leadership, Law Library, Student Services, and the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network, sponsored Regent’s sixth annual Constitution Day celebration on September 17th. This year’s topic was Celebrating Our Constitution with a Hispanic Lens: History, Law, and Contemporary Issues. Panelists included (left to right in photo) Mr. Hugo Valverde, Esq.; Mr. Peter Baron; Ms. Emily Sumner, Esq.. Dr. Mary Manjikian served as moderator. For an overview of the event, click here.

Public Law 108-447, Sec. 111 (b) states: “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”

Constitution Day Symposium on September 17

Mark your calendars for Regent University’s 6th annual Constitution Day celebration. Join us for lunch and a panel discussion on September 17, 2010 from 12:00 to 1:30 in the Library Atrium. A distinguished panel will discuss the topic Celebrating Our Constitution with a Hispanic Lens: History, Law and Contemporary Issues. Following the presentations, the panelists will take questions from the audience. For more information, including speaker profiles, see our Constitution Day homepage.

This year’s Constitution Day celebration is sponsored by Regent University’s Center for Latino Leadership, Law Library, Student Services, University Library and the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) Lecture Series.

Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP Carol Sheets at 757-352-4185 or

Regent University Celebrates Constitution Day 2008

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.

Constitution Day panelistsAs 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: