Campus Scholars discuss Constitution

Tue, 2012-07-31 14:45 -- univcomm

In order to celebrate a broader awareness of the Constitution of the United States, Anderson University will offer a special panel of university scholars that will discuss the important constitutional question: the condition of freedoms of expression in a time of war. The panel discussion will be conducted on September 22 from 7-8 p.m. in Hartung Hall, room 101. The event will feature Dr. Brian Dirck, assistant professor of History, Anderson Judge Dennis Carroll, and Dr. Donald Boggs, chair of the AU Department of Communications. At the conclusion of these three presentations, questions and comments will be welcomed from the floor. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Brian Dirck will deliver a statement on the rights of expression in a time of war, based in part on his book, Waging War on Trial . Two Commentators: Judge Dennis Carroll of Superior Court I in Anderson will address the topic with particular emphasis on judicial decisions and Dr. Don Boggs will focus on the challenges of reporters attempting to do their jobs with integrity during a period of war.

Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation's birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution. The ideas on which America was founded--commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice--are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideas that make us Americans. The United States Congress designated September 17 as Constitution Day.

In addition to this activity, The Nicholson Library at Anderson University is serving as the host site for a very special collection of original and first English edition works which are a part of The Remnant Trust exhibit. Included in the collection is the First Acts of Congress of the United States-containing the 1st Octavo printing of the Bill of Rights (1789) as well as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (1776). The collection will be on loan to Anderson University and available to the public until December 5, 2005.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing and theology.