U.S. Constitution (still) rocks at Oswego

We the peopleSUNY Oswego will observe Constitution Week beginning Monday, Sept. 17, with “Rock the Preamble,” a mass reading of the Preamble to the Constitution led by college President Deborah F. Stanley at 2 p.m. in the academic quad.

The reading will be followed by a roll call of state ratification, a staged reading of selected parts of the Constitution, and distribution of free pocket copies of the Constitution.

SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library will have a display in its lobby in observance of Banned Books Week, on view during library hours from Sept. 17 to 21. The display will include books that have been or remain censored, along with information on censorship and important court cases regarding censorship.

Two episodes of the civil rights video series “Eyes on the Prize” will air later in the week, “Keys to the Kingdom” at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 107A of Lanigan Hall and “Back to the Movement” at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 20 in Room 120 of the Campus Center.

Throughout the week, Thad Mantaro, civic engagement coordinator at SUNY Oswego, and his colleagues from the Constitution Week Planning Committee will collect comments from students on the meaning of the Constitution. The comments will be projected to music at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union and on digital signage on campus during the rest of the semester.

Other events on campus related to human rights during the week will include the ongoing art exhibition in Tyler Art Gallery “Pride & Perseverance: Civil Rights Paintings by Charly Palmer”; a panel discussion, “Eyewitness to the Civil Rights Era,” at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 104 of Lanigan Hall, featuring people who lived in the American South in the mid 20th century and how they dealt with segregation and engaged or not in civil rights activism; and Jane Comfort and Company’s performance of “An American Rendition” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Comfort will discuss the work and perform excerpts at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 18 in Waterman Theatre.

For more information on SUNY Oswego’s observance of Constitution Week, call Mantaro at 312-5649.

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(Image courtesy of the U.S. National Archives)

(Posted: Sep 12, 2007)

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