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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Celebrates Constitution Day with Several Events

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Aug. 28, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will commemorate Constitution Day with a series of events from Monday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Sept. 18. All events will take place on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road, and are free and open to the public.

“It is important to remember the wisdom and bravery of the 39 men that signed the Constitution in 1787,” said Kevin Wagner, associate professor of political science and director of the Jack Miller Forum at FAU. “And it is important to reflect on how our lives are affected everyday by the principles enshrined in this document.”

On Monday, Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m., FAU student groups will compete in the “Constitution Brain Bowl,” a contest of knowledge about the constitution. This event will take place in the Student Union.

Then on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., there will be a panel discussion titled “The First Amendment, FAU and Civic Engagement,” that will take place outside of the Culture and Society Building. Panelists include Wagner,as well as Randy Shultz, editorial page editor of the Palm Beach Post; Craig Agranoff, noted national social engagement consultant and CBS contributor on social media and politics; and Katy Sorenson, president and CEO of The Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami. The panel will be moderated by Susan Reilly, FAU professor of communications. A dedication of FAU’s new First Amendment sculpture, donated by former Palm Beach Post editor and current FAU visiting professor Robert Bailyn, will follow the panel.

Finally, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the House Chambers, a diverse group of FAU faculty and staff will make presentations on the Constitution. These will include:

  • Becky Mulvaney (communications and multimedia studies): “First Amendment and the Constitution”
  • Tim Lenz (political science): “Politics and the Constitution”
  • Joanna Ellwood (assistant dean of students and director of student conduct): “Constitution and the College Student”

Constitution Day events are sponsored by the Jack Miller Forum; the Vice President for Student Affairs; New Student and Owl Family Programs; the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies; the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Political Science; and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. For more information, call Kevin Wagner at 561-252-1794 or email kwagne15@fau.edu.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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