September 24, 2022

UMW to Host Lecture in Observation of Constitution Day

The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Constitution Day, Wed., Sept. 17, with a public lecture by Doug Smith, executive director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. Washington DCThe lecture, “Does Our Constitution Still Work?,” will be held on Tues., Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Underground in Lee Hall.  Smith will speak about current support and criticism of the U. S. Constitution among citizens and lead an interactive conversation about citizen engagement. In addition, the University will erect chalkboards on Campus Walk between Lee Hall and Trinkle Hall to elicit student reflection on the contemporary significance of the Constitution.  The chalkboards will have two prompts asking members of the university community to reflect in writing on the ways in which the Constitution impacts their lives and what they think about the Constitution that ought to be amended. Constitution Day, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day, commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The national observance of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution originates from legislation adopted by Congress in 2004 that requires all publicly funded educational institutions to provide educational programming related to the Constitution on that day. UMW’s Constitution Day programming is a joint effort of the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service, the Department of Art and Art History and the Office of the Provost. For more information, please contact the Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service at (540) 654-1364.