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FAU Commemorates Constitution Day

BOCA RATON, FL (August 31, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Constitution Day (September 17) with a series of events from Monday, September 17 through Friday, September 21. All events will take place in the Student Union on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, and are free and open to the public.

“It is important to remember the wisdom and bravery of the 39 men that signed the Constitution in 1787,” said Kevin Wagner, associate professor of political science and director of the Jack Miller Forum at FAU. “And it is important to reflect on how our lives are affected everyday by the principles enshrined in this document.”

There will be an opening ceremony on Monday, September 17 at noon in the House Chambers. This will include opening remarks by Charles Brown, vice president for student affairs, and Kevin Wagner. There will also be a presentation of awards to students whose essays won the FAU Constitution Day essay contest.

On Wednesday, September 19 from noon to 2 p.m. in the House Chambers, a diverse group of FAU professors will make presentations on the Constitution relating to their research. These will include:

  • Mirya Holman (political science): “Women’s Rights and the Constitution
  • Jeffrey Morton (political science): “The U.S. Constitution and International Law”
  • Tim Lenz (political science): “Healthcare and the U.S. Constitution”
  • Marina Banchetti (philosophy): “Constitutional Rights vs. the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen: A Comparison and Contrast”

To end the week, there will be a lecture on Friday, September 21 at 1 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion titled “The Word’s Not There-How Privacy Became a Constitutional Right.” The lecture will be presented by Anita L. Allen, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Harvard. Allen is a senior fellow in bioethics at Penn’s Medical School, and a member of the American Law Institute. She is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the nation’s leading bioethics think tank. In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Constitution Day events are sponsored by the Jack Miller Forum, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Philosophy in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters; the FAU Vice President Division of Student Affairs, the College of Medicine, and the Office for Student and Family Programs. For more information, call Clevis Headley at 561-297-2928.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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