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In celebration of Constitution Day on Monday, September 17, Professor of History Wayne Huss, PhD gave a special lecture focusing on the history and significance of the United States Constitution.
Constitution Day is a federal observance that commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitution was signed by 39 individuals including key historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton.
During his lecture, Professor Huss discussed the creation of the Constitution and why it is one of the single most important documents in our nation’s history. Professor Huss’ message conveyed the vast importance of a document of this nature, especially how it has shaped our country for centuries, and why its interpretation is still debated today.
“History is very relevant and the Constitution in particular is the foundation of everything we are as a country” said Professor Huss. “Compromise was the key to creating and making the Constitution work. This idea of compromise needs to be recaptured in today’s world, so we are able to listen to other opinions and find commonality with each other.”
The presentation was followed by an opportunity for students in attendance to register to vote for the upcoming Election Day on November 6. Professor Huss encourages all students make sure they are registered before the deadline on October 9 to ensure they are eligible to vote in the coming election. He explains that it is critical for students to voice their opinions and exercise their right to vote that was given to them by the Constitution.