Baylor University Will Celebrate Constitution Day with Discussion on Constitutional Appropriation

Sept. 15, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 15, 2015) – In celebration of Constitution Day, Baylor University’s department of political science in the College of Arts & Sciences and the office of the executive vice president and provost will welcome Jeffrey Tulis, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of government at The University of Texas at Austin, for a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Bennett Auditorium.

“Dr. Tulis was selected because he is one of the most influential scholars in the field of the American presidency over the last 30 years,” said David Nichols, Ph.D., associate professor of political science. “Not only has he been influential in the academic community, but his work has been the subject of discussion in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He speaks from the perspective of an informed citizen as well as a distinguished scholar.”

Tulis will present a lecture titled “The Anti-Federal Appropriation of the Constitution.”

“This lecture is particularly appropriate for Baylor given our unique commitment to promoting constitutional literacy among all Baylor students,” Nichols said. “Our required course, ‘American Constitutional Development,’ is a model for exposing students to our common constitutional language and the way in which it promotes reasoned and civil political debate.”

Constitution Day is celebrated at educational institutions throughout the country during the week of Sept. 17 in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. The purpose of the event is to encourage students to explore the meaning of the Constitution and the system of government that it establishes.

Since the inauguration of Constitution Day at Baylor, a variety of speakers and panels have examined the Constitution as it bears on a wide array of issues. Previous topics have included religion and 9/11, times of war, presidential rhetoric and economic policy.

This event is free and open to the public. Bennett Auditorium is located inside Draper Academic Building at 1420 S. Seventh St.

For more information, contact the department of political science at 254-710-3161.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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