The 'Constitution in Time of War' to be Focus of Constitution Day Panel Discussion Sept. 18

Sept. 13, 2006

Baylor University will recognize Constitution Day with a panel discussion dealing with the Constitution in Time of War. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building on campus.

Panelists will be Dr. David Nichols, associate professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) and political science; Dr. W. David Clinton, professor of political science; Dr. Richard Riley, professor of political science; and Dr. Jerold Waltman, Morrison Professor of Political Science.

"Basically, we will question whether the Constitution changes in time of war; what limits can be placed on executive power and how that might change in time of war; the role of the courts placing restrictions on executive power; and the notions of executive power that might support greater activism," Nichols said.

A federal mandate requires institutions of higher learning that receive federal funding to host an educational program related to the document on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787. However, since Sept. 17 falls on a weekend this year, then institutions may hold the program during the week preceding or following that weekend.

For more information about the Constitution Day event, call 710-6500.

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