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Constitution Day

Constitution Day (Citizenship Day) is a federal observance recognizing the adoption of the US Constitution. It is celebrated on September 17th, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the US Constitutional Convention.

All educational institutions that receive public funding are required by law to provide by law to provide educational programming on the history of the US Constitution on this day.

Linfield celebrates Constitution Day with a Constitution Day Lecture, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice.

2015 Constitution Day Lecture

Thursday, September 24th at 11:45am in Riley 201
Dr. Matthew Stewart will be speaking about his book, Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Revolution.

Stewart is also the author of The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Truth about Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy. Dr. Stewart earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Oxford. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
In Nature's God, Stewart draws on the study of European philosophy in pursuit of a genealogy of the philosophical ideas that inspired the American revolutionaries. Along the way, he seeks the true meanings of “Nature’s God,” “self-evident,” and many other phrases crucial to our understanding of the American experiment but now widely misunderstood. It is Dr. Stewart's focus on the relationship of revolutionary politics to "nature" that we hope will provide an interesting connection to this year's PLACE theme.
On Sept. 24th, lunch will be available at 11:45am on a first come, first served basis. Professor Stewart's talk will begin at noon and last about 35 minutes. At that point, students and faculty who have to exit gracefully to make it to a 12:45pm class can do so. Others can stick around for Q&A related to Dr. Stewart's lecture.
At the conclusion of the Q&A on Nature’s God, Professor Stewart will be spending some time with students to discuss his intellectual journey and he will provide advice on research and writing. This informal discussion with students will also be in Riley 201 and is open to any faculty and staff who may want to attend as well. The informal discussion is scheduled to last until 2:15pm. Please encourage your students to attend these events!
This Constitution Day programming is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. If you have any questions about the events, please do let me know.

Past Lectures

The 2013 Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, "FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs" will be held Thursday September 19th, 11:45 am. Riley 201.

The 2014 Lecture by Jack Rakove, "How Do We Know What the Constitution Means?"