Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. It is an annual platform to kick off the academic year with civic intentionality that provides framing for student-faculty thinking ahead, grappling with civic concepts across the discipline. Constitution Day 2019 is particularly special because it is our inaugural event in the year-long celebration of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment that was ratified in Tennessee in August 1920. Our commemoration starts with Constitution Day 2019, continues throughout AY19-20, and culminates August 2020. Faculty and students may use the Constitution and woman suffrage as spotlights to discuss everyone's citizenship and the ongoing struggles for equality under the law. Constitution Day emphasizes citizenship across as many contexts as possible, including voting, rights, and our civic responsibilities in a participatory democracy. Constitution Day also commences the presidential election year. Super Tuesday, Tennessee's presidential primary, is just six months away. Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to read sections of the Constitution aloud at every college throughout Constitution Day, rededicate ourselves to our nation's highest goal, and register to vote.
|Date:||Monday, September 17, 2018
||Constitutional readings: 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Lecture at Tucker Theater: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
|Location:||Constitutional readings held in front of academic buildings|
|Information:||American Democracy Project