We the People: Celebrate the United States Constitution

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Two hundred and thirty years ago, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia's Independence Hall to sign the United States Constitution. Today, educational institutions across the country recognize this event on and around Sept. 17 with educational events and celebrations.

Signed into law in 2004, Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and also recognizes “all who, by coming of age or naturalization, have become citizens.” Government officials are encouraged to display the flag of the United States on government buildings to commemorate Constitution and Citizenship Day, and the people of the United States are invited to observe the day “in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.”

In 2005, Congress determined that educational institutions that receive federal funds for a given year must hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 of that year for the students they serve.

Faculty, staff and students at Appalachian have taken this opportunity to plan several events during the week of Sept. 17 to engage our campus community in discussions about the U.S. Constitution, its history and its meaning in today’s world.

Schedule of Events

  • Register to vote
    September 18-22, 2017
    Varying times and locations

    Student Government Association and Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) will assist with voter registration across campus.

  • Lecture by Christopher Brook, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina
    Q&A to follow
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    114 Belk Library and Information Commons
    Free and open to the public

    Brook is legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, where he oversees the organization's legal program and its work on a wide range of constitutional law issues, including LGBT rights, racial justice and religious liberty. He will discuss current constitutional issues facing North Carolina. Immediately after the lecture, he will field questions from the audience.

  • Open meeting of Appalachian’s Student Government Association (SGA)
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    226 Plemmons Student Union (Linville Falls)
    Free and open to the public

    In this first meeting of SGA for the Fall 2017 semester, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J.J. Brown will address the senate. This meeting is open to the public. All Appalachian students are encouraged to attend.

  • Public reading of the United States Constitution
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Sanford Mall
    Free and open to the public

    Chancellor Sheri N. Everts will be joined by students, faculty, staff, community members and local and state elected officials in a public reading of the U.S. Constitution.


Dave by the Bell: Constitution Week and You
Ucomm's own Dave Blanks wanders around campus along with intern Liz Pope to find out what the phrase, "We the people" means to App State Students.

University Communications’ Dave Blanks likes to ask students random questions. The result: a production of short conversations that showcase the character of Appalachian State University’s student body. Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, these impromptu conversations draw on topics both timely and topical.


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Illustration by Jim Fleri