College to celebrate Constitution Week

reading ConstitutionSUNY Oswego’s free Constitution Week activities will include a dramatized reading of the U.S. Constitution, an art exhibition, a film and voter registration Sept. 15 to 19.

President Deborah F. Stanley, faculty, staff and students will convey the key historical document in the “Rock the Constitution” dramatized reading at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, which is Constitution Day. Attendees can pick up a free mini-Constitution at the event in the academic quad in front of Penfield Library. Inclement weather would move the reading into the Campus Center.

“A More Perfect Union,” a film on the struggles that led to the then-controversial document and the formation of the United States, will screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 228 of the Campus Center.

Celebrating the First Amendment’s freedom of speech, “Pondering Propaganda,” an exhibit of posters in which SUNY Oswego art students created both positive and negative images of 2008 U.S. presidential contenders, can be seen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the foyer in front of The Point in the Campus Center.

Members of the campus community can “see our huge copy of the Constitution and feel what it’s like to affirm its truths by signing it” at “I Signed the Constitution” on Friday, Sept. 19, said Dr. Nola Heidlebaugh, SUNY Oswego’s civic engagement coordinator. Several Student Association organizations sponsor the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of The Point in the Campus Center.

A special display in Penfield Library, on view throughout the week, will showcase landmark court cases concerning the rights of students, including access to education, equal opportunity and affirmative action, Heidlebaugh said.

Voter registration forms will be available at many of the Constitution Week events, encouraging students to participate in the democracy the Constitution envisioned in 1787.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Dramatic reading—“Rock the Constitution,” a dramatized reading of the historical document, is among the highlights of SUNY Oswego’s Constitution Week activities. This year’s reading is slated for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the academic quad in front of Penfield Library. Participating in last year’s reading, from left, were students Amanda Acobes and Fredrica Germany, Dr. Barbara Garii of the curriculum and instruction department and Dr. Bennet Schaber of the English and creative writing department.

(Posted: Sep 08, 2008)