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Constitution Day at WIU Sept. 19

September 13, 2016

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MACOMB, IL - Constitution Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. In 2004, then Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, sponsored legislation mandating that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programs about the Constitution on or around Sept. 17.

Western Illinois University's Constitution Day program will be held Monday, Sept. 19 in the Garden Lounge of the Malpass Library. This year's theme is "Presidential Power and the Constitution."

Beginning at 11a.m., students from Centennial Honors College Director Richard Hardy's General Honors 299 (Presidential Leadership) course; Assistant Professor Kimberly Rice's Political Science 448 (Supreme Court) course and Instructor Victoria Smith's Political Science 410 (Constitutional Law) course will present posters related to Supreme Court decisions on presidential powers, as well as famous justices and their views/decisions on executive power.

From noon-1 p.m., there will be a panel presentation on presidential powers, featuring Hardy; WIU History Professor Emeritus Larry Balsamo and Associate Professor of Political Science Jonathan Day. They will speak on historical and contemporary instances of the Constitution enabling and limiting presidential power.

The event is open free to the public

For further information, please contact Political Science Chair Keith Boeckelman at (309) 298-1055 or email

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