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Constitution Day

Event Date: 09/17/2013
12:00 AM

Location: All Campuses

Congress has declared Sept. 17 United States Constitution Day in celebration of the original ratification, Sept. 17, 1787. The purpose of a designated day is to foster in the American people a deeper reverence for and a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution. This is also a wonderful time to reflect on the meaning of citizenship.

A recent survey by The Constitution Center indicated that students have a greater knowledge of pop culture than knowledge of the Constitution. For example, out of 600 student respondents, 1.8% knows that James Madison is considered the father of the U.S. Constitution compared to 58.3% who know that Bill Gates is the father of Microsoft. Students are encouraged to learn more about the Constitution during this national celebration.

Below are some activities that are open to the general Roosevelt community and some of which are geared to students:

  • The Liberty Narrative: From the Founders to John Stuart Mill

    The Montesquieu Forum for the Study of Civic Life is sponsoring a lecture as part of U.S. Constitution Day with Nicholas Capaldi, Legendre-Soulé Distinguished Chair in Business Ethics at Loyola University, New Orleans. He also serves as Director of the National Center for Business Ethics.

    Professor Capaldi is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Mellon Foundation, The U.S. Department of Education, The Board of Regents of Louisiana, and the John Templeton Foundation among others.

    The lecture will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 720 of the Auditorium Building. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Stuart Warner at

  • The Roosevelt Auditorium Library and Schaumburg Library will have displays of the Constitution and related history books, from Monday, Sept. 16 – Friday, Sept. 20.

  • Students can obtain a free pocket version of the Constitution from their college dean’s office on either campus or the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost on the Chicago Campus, Wabash Building, Room 1311 or Schaumburg campus, Room 640.

Happy Constitution Day!