Sept. 15: Celebrate Constitution Day

By Robert Boos
Posted September 9, 2016

Sept. 15: Celebrate Constitution Day

September 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution—the basic framework for our government and the embodiment of our democratic principles and aspirations. Join us in commemorating Constitution Day 2016 by learning more about this critical document.

  • Is it Time for a New Constitution?” A discussion on this topic from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in Student Center 101 will feature panelists:

o   Peter Rachleff, Department of History
o   Barbara Gerten, MN Move to Amend
o   Kathleen Cole, Department of Social Science

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Faculty: Please announce this event in your classrooms, encourage your students to come and consider offering extra credit.

  • Get a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution

o   Stop by the 2nd floor information desk at the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, Saint Paul Campus or the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship offices, located at the southwest corner of East Seventh Street and Maria Avenue.

o   Bulk orders are available to faculty who wish to distribute copies of the Constitution booklets to classes. From math to linguistics to political science, use the Constitution as a curricular resource. Contact ICES at with your name, course number and title, the number of copies you’d like and where they should be delivered.

  • Learn (and teach) more about the Constitution and current issues of constitutional debate

o   Watch for a display near the library’s second floor information desk of books and other resources. Liz Keeler, Library Circulation Technician, has prepared these materials and kept an extensive bibliography.

o   Read and see more online with resources at, with thanks to Martha Hardy, associate professor and librarian.

Constitution Day is co-sponsored by ICES, American Democracy Project and Library and Information Services.