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Manchester College celebrates Constitution Day

with panel, public discussion


       Area residents, and especially students, are invited to a panel discussion about the U.S. Constitution on Monday, Sept. 19 at Manchester College.

       History and political science teachers from Manchester High School and the College, and students, will discuss what they consider the most significant passage of the Constitution. Afterward, the audience will have opportunity for questions and discussion.

       The program commemorates Constitution Day. On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting, with only one item of business on the agenda – to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. Thirty-nine of the 55 delegates signed the document.

       Dr. Leonard A. Williams, professor of political science, will serve as panel moderator. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Room 111 of Winger Hall, on East Street.

       “With Judge John Roberts’ nomination to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, this is a very good time for us to reflect on the Constitution, what it means, and how it shapes our political life,” Williams noted.

       Panel members include:

        Katherine A. Tinsley, associate professor of history

        Robert Gilbert, Manchester High School social studies teacher

        Aja Michael of Converse, Ind., a senior secondary education major and member of the Manchester Association for the Discussion of History

        J. Blake Hike of Syracuse, Ind., a senior political science major who plans to attend law school


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