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Constitution Day program set for
focus this year is on Legislative Branch
September 15, 2010
-- The College of Humanities and Social
Sciences invites ASU students, along with other members of the ASU
community, and selected area high school students to join in observing
Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The program will begin at 9
a.m. in Centennial Hall of the Reng Student Services Center/Student
Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro.
This year’s program will focus on Article I of the Constitution, the
Legislative Branch. With mid-term elections looming for one third
of the U.S. Senate and the entire membership of the House of
Representatives, we will look at the electoral process, discuss what is
at stake for the political parties and our nation, and address the
question of whether our law-making body, the U.S. Congress, still works.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall, Student Union, by
paying particular attention to the race here in Arkansas’s 1st House
District for the seat of retiring Democratic Congressman Marion Berry.
Aspiring candidates Rick Crawford (Republican Party) and Ken Adler
(Green Party) will be on hand to present their views of the role of
Congress, while a representative of Chad Causey will present the
perspective of the Democratic candidate.
The opening presentations will be followed by a variety of activities at
10 a.m. and 11a.m. on the third floor of the ASU Student Union. Students
may choose to learn more about the Congressional candidates’ views on
key issues, test their knowledge of the legislative branch – its
structure and functions; attend a roundtable that draws on the expertise
of ASU faculty members; or learn about the role of women in
Congressional history, and particularly about the senatorial career of
This year’s program commemorates the 223nd anniversary of the signing of
the U.S. Constitution. We hope that faculty members will bring their
Wednesday morning classes and that a large number of individual students
will decide to attend.
For further information, contact
Dr. Carol O’Connor, interim dean, College of Humanities and
Social Sciences, ext.3973, or Dr.
Richard Wang, chair, Department of Political Science, at ext.
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