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Sept. 17: Constitution Day

Day's activities begin at 8 a.m., with last event ending at 11 p.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 9-8-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold its annual Constitution Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 17 with a schedule of events that includes face-to-face activities on campus to ones that engage with a national and global audience in real time.

All events are free and open to the public. More than 10 facilitated discussions, accompanied by award-winning documentaries, will be led by students and faculty from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Centennial Student Union, Rooms 253-4-5. Events will be held every hour, on the hour, except where otherwise indicated in the schedule, which is published at

Among the scheduled events:

11 a.m. to noon – Associate Professor Susan Burum (Department of Government) will be presenting a paper, in review, on “A Gordian Knot: The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.”

Noon to 1 p.m. – Assistant Professor Angela Jill Cooley (Department of History) will discuss the “Next 10 Amendments: Do we need an Equal Rights Amendment?”

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Associate Professor Fred Slocum (Department of Government) will discuss the Supreme Court’s options on same-sex marriage.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Assistant Professor Pat Nelson (Law Enforcement Program, Department of Government) will discuss “Why would a terrorism suspect be given Miranda warnings?”

Links to a constitution challenge and “flipped” experience available courtesy of the History Channel are available at, which will also feature links to activities held by the National Constitution Center, such as a “Constitution Café” that allows participants to read and reflect on identified past/present/future issues and concerns around the U.S. Constitution, and then join the conversation in real time through the blogs.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is traditionally observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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