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U.S. Constitution Day Sept. 17 at WIU

September 11, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University will celebrate U.S. Constitution Day Monday, Sept. 17 in the Malpass Library. This year's theme is "Citizenship and Immigration."

Constitution Day celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787.

"Constitution Day was created in 2004, by the late U.S. Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia," said WIU Department of Political Science Chair Keith Boeckelman. "Recognizing the relationship of the Constitution to citizenship, Byrd's law required any publicly funded educational institution to present programming related to the Constitution on or around Sept. 17. Western has consistently met this requirement with speakers, poster sessions and other activities. This year's program, focusing on the Constitution, Immigration and Citizenship, is no exception."

This year's event includes:

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Poster Session – Malpass Library Garden Lounge (second floor): There will be 70 posters with Constitutional themes.

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Presentation of Cases and Justices – Malpass Library Garden Lounge (second floor): WIU students.

• Noon-1 p.m. - Panel Discussion – Malpass Library Garden Lounge (second floor): Panelists will include Jack Hathaway, immigration attorney for Vondra and Malott, PLC; Dean Rick Hardy, of the Centennial Honors College, and WIU Assistant Professor Miguel Narvaez, of the WIU Department of Kinesiology. The discussion will be moderated by Boeckelman.

The event, open free to the public, is sponsored by WIU's Centennial Honors College, University Libraries and the WIU Department of Political Science.

For more information, contact Hardy at (309) 298-2228 or email

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