Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing in 1787 of the U.S. Constitution and to learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, “Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.” He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution.
PSU is proud to acknowledge how the Constitution has shaped and continues to shape our country’s history.
2021 Constitution Day Activities
On Friday, September 17, Plymouth State University will join Franklin Pierce University to bring a talk by Andru Volinsky, Franklin Pierce’s first Civic Scholar-in-Residence, to PSU. Volinsky, a long-time social justice advocate, was the lead lawyer in the 1997 Claremont School Funding case, which established the right to an adequate state-funded public education in NH. He has served as counsel to NH’s secretary of state, as a board member and counsel to the NH chapter of the ACLU, and was elected to two terms on the Executive Council of the state of NH.
The PSU community is invited to attend a livestream of Mr. Volinsky’s Constitution Day talk on Can the Constitution(s) Save the American Dream?, which will focus on the separate but unequal school funding systems in the US.
Please join us in Merrill Place A on Friday, September 17, for the livestream. The talk will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. PSU attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A following the talk. Refreshments will be served.
In addition, PSU faculty, staff, and students are invited to virtually attend the Constitution Day Lecture at the UNH Franklin Pierce Law School on September 17, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm: The Longest Bridge: Reflections on the Fight for Inclusive Democracy,with Attorney Debo Adegbile, who has held several leadership roles (including acting president) with the NCAA Legal Defense Fund, and serves as a commissioner on the US Civil Rights Commission, and constitutional law expert and law school faculty member John Greabe. You can register for the lecture at this link. There is no cost, but you must register prior to the start of the talk.