The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Intercollege Minor in Civic and Community Engagement (CIVCM) will lead a Constitution Day celebration from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The event will feature student and faculty presentations to mark the Constitution’s 232nd birthday.
Starting at 1 p.m., students from Foundations of Civic and Community Engagement (CAS 222/CIVCM 211) will present posters focusing on different parts of the Constitution and how they relate to contemporary issues. Both sections of that course are taught this semester by CAS Teaching Professor Travis Brisini, assistant director of the CIVCM minor.
In addition, CAS faculty will participate in a panel discussion at 2 p.m. on issues related to the Constitution:
- Stephen H. Browne, Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, will discuss the executive powers clause (Article 2, Section 1) of the Constitution.
- Abraham I. Khan, Laurence and Lynne Brown-McCourtney Early Career Professor and assistant professor of African American studies and communication arts and sciences, will address the Constitution’s silences.
- Denise Haunani Solomon, head and Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, will discuss the patent and copyright clause as it relates to promoting the arts and sciences (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8).
- Bradford J. Vivian, professor of communication arts and sciences, will discuss controversies about the First Amendment and free speech on college campuses.
College of the Liberal Arts Dean Clarence Lang will introduce the panel. A question-and-answer session will follow the panelists' remarks.