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Collin Commemorates Constitution Day

September 7, 2005 – At the heels of the new Iraqi government creating a new constitution, Collin County Community College District (Collin) will ponder the U.S. Constitution.

Collin will host “We the People … An American Portrait,” a Constitution Day roundtable discussion from noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Constitution Day is officially Sept. 17 and activities will also be held nationwide.

The roundtable panel will include The Dallas Morning News columnist Michael Landauer, Collin faculty and students, community members and a retired military officer.

The conversational format will center on patriotism, duty to country, mandated service and what the U.S. Constitution means to the panelists. The event also will include a question-and-answer segment.

The U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787 and later ratified by the necessary nine states in 1787.

Congress passed legislation naming Sept. 17 Constitution Day and requiring all educational institutions that receive federal funding to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of the law was to remind American citizens of the birth of the U.S. government, the importance of Constitution, the ideas held within the document and how those ideas mold the country and its citizens.

For more information on “We the People … An American Portrait,” contact the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at 972.548.6739. For information on Constitution Day, visit http://www.constitutionday.us/ .

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. In addition, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.

Constitution Day nationwide include:

Friday, Sept. 16
Telecasts at noon and 3 p.m.

United States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer will talk about the Constitution with high school students at the Supreme Court. The classroom-ready video will feature the Justices taking questions from students and discussing why we have and need a Constitution; what federalism is; how implicit and explicit rights are defined; and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2005
1:30 p.m.

Free Speech in the Digital Age

Kirby Auditorium of the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach,
National Constitution Center, Phildelphia
Admission: FREE

NPR's Margot Adler will host an hour-long special video-cast from the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives. The debate, "Free Speech in the Digital Age," will look at censorship in libraries, of textbooks, and on the Internet. The program will examine the reasons for both safeguarding and limiting speech, including protection of minors and community safety, ensuring a free marketplace of ideas, and guaranteeing democratic institutions—an excellent way to jump start classroom discussion on First Amendment freedoms. Guests include First Amendment Attorney, Floyd Abrams; Jack Valenti, Past President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America and Stanford Law Professor, Lawrence Lessig.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005
10 a.m. - noon

America Reads the Constitution II

Grand Hall Lobby, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Admission: FREE

Description: Join a diverse group of Americans in reading the Constitution from “We the People” to the 27th Amendment on Constitution Day.

Monday, Sept. 19, 2005
6:30 p.m.

National Debut! The Constitution: A Biography

Kirby Auditorium, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Admission: Reservations required. $9 members, $12 non-members, $6 students

Description: Yale Law Professor and National Constitution Center scholar Akhil Reed Amar nationally launches his book, which tells the life story of the Constitution.