MC observes Constitution Day Sept. 17

MC observes Constitution Day Sept. 17

Sept. 10, 2018

Maryville College will host “200 Years of Constitutional Conundrums,” a fun and educational quiz game, on Mon., Sept. 17.

The event, which will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in classroom 210 of Thaw Hall, is part of Maryville College’s observance of the 231st anniversary of the Sept. 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.

People in the campus community and general public are invited to attend – and play – at no charge.

The title of the game recognizes the age of the Constitution and also the upcoming Bicentennial of the College. Maryville College was founded as “the Southern and Western Theological Seminary” in 1819, which was just 32 years after the Constitution established national government and fundamental laws and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens.

“The game will review times in U.S. history when the Constitution has both answered political legal questions and had folks scratching their heads because of the questions left unanswered,” said Dr. Mark O’Gorman, professor of political science and one of the event’s organizers.

All participants and spectators will receive a free copy of the Constitution, and top-scoring participants will earn prizes. Cupcakes will also be served during the event.

In 2005, Congress passed legislation declaring that “each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”

The Constitution Day celebration became an annual event at Maryville College and colleges and universities across the country in 2005.

“While Americans in their day-to-day lives may have other things on their minds than politics, we must never forget how fascinating, and enduring, is our system of government,” O’Gorman said. “It is always good to revisit the core U.S. document that forms the basis of our political society, and genuinely read where and how our Constitution provides for our rights and our government.”

Written by Karen Beaty Eldridge ’94, Executive Director for Marketing & Communications


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