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University of North Florida Celebrates Constitution Day


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"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."


Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.  Each year the University of North Florida celebrates the week with special programs and activities.  All events are free.  


UNF Constitution Week 2019


September 16 - 20, 2019


Constitutional resources will be on display at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library all week. 


Monday, September 16, 2019


Trivia night with a Constitution theme


6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Come have fun and test your Constitution knowledge.


Popcorn & Politics

Carpenter Library, Current Events Area, First Floor

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

"Speech and Counter-Speech on Campus" - What does constitutional law say about the rights of speakers, challengers, protestors, and hecklers on a college campus environment?  A conversation about recent developments in Florida and beyond.
Panel: Jimmy Midyette, Staff Attorney at ACLU of Florida / Adrienne Lerner, Instructor of Political Science at UNF 


Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Coffee & Conversation: Faith and Free Speech on Campus

Interfaith Center Lounge, Building 2, Suite 1400

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that everyone in the United States has the right to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all. How does this reflect on our college campuses? And what is your perspective on the intersection of faith and free speech? Join the Interfaith Center in discussing this topic. Tea, coffee, and sweets provided!  


The National Popular Vote

Building 9, Room 1421

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

"Making every vote count- Making every vote equal"- Join the League of Women Voters to learn about the National Popular Vote movement and how you can be a part of adding Florida to the list of 15 states and the District of Columbia that have already passed the necessary legislation.  


Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Market Days with the Pre-Law Program

John A. Delaney Student Union Osprey Plaza

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy snacks and pick up a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.



UNF Constitution Week 2018


September 17 - 21, 2018


Constitutional resources were on display at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library all week.  Pocket Constitutions were handed out to first visitors at events.


A Constitution Day essay contest was held.  The winner received a $100 scholarship.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Trivia night at the Boathouse with a Constitution theme 

Students tested their Constitution knowledge.  

The event took place from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Civil Liberties in the November Election

Samir Gupte, a local American Civil Liberties Union representative, unpacked the myriad of initiatives that were on the November ballot that had the potential to impact civil liberties.  

The event took place in building 9, room 1421 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Register to vote at the Market Days voter registration drive sponsored by Student Government.  

The event took place in the John A. Delaney Student Union Osprey Plaza from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


"Answering the Call: The American Struggle for the Right to Vote"

Osprey Productions and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library presented a voting rights documentary film by Brian Jenkins.  Refreshments were provided, courtesy of the library.  A discussion moderated by Dr. Albert Dorsey followed the 7:00 p.m. showing.  

The event took place in the John A. Delaney Student Union Auditorium (building 58W, room 2704) at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 20, 2018


Civic Engagement: Putting the 'd' Back into Democracy

Samir Gupte held a round table discussion featuring questions such as, how do you develop and articulate your position?  How do you find out who can influence your desired change and then influence them to make it happen?

The event took place in the Writing Center (building 4, room 2501) from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Florida Amendment 4

The Southern Poverty Law Center reviewed the history, impact, and discussed Florida Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to felons.

The event took place in the Student Government Courtroom (building 58E, room 3300) from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Friday, September 21, 2018


3 C's: Coffee, Cookies, and the Constitution

Students concluded Constitution Week by enjoying coffee and cookies as they received a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.  Sponsored by the Department of Diversity Initiatives.

The event took place outside building 2, near Peace Plaza from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.



UNF Constitution Week 2017


September 12 - 21, 2017


Constitutional resources were on display at the library all week.  Pocket Constitutions were handed out to first visitors at events.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Popcorn and Politics: A Civil Environment to Discuss Current Political Issues

U.S. Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan and Dr. Matthew Corrgian talked about the Constitution and the First Amendment.  

The event was held at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, 1st floor from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Monday, September 18, 2017


Monuments and Public Memory: Past and Present Controversies Around Confederate Statues

This event included a roundtable with student activities. Featuring Brandi Denison, Rosa DeJorio, Bill Delaney, and Keith Cartwright with Linda Howell as moderator.  

The event took place in the Writing Center, building 4, room 2501, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Market Days with the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society members shared best practices when it comes to contacting your local, state, and federal representatives. 

This event took place in the Student Union Osprey Plaza from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 


Decoding Texts: How the Constitution is interpreted like religious texts

Discussions with Julie Ingersoll, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.  

The event took place at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Special Collections Reading Room from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 21, 2017


Trademarks and Free Speech: Redskins, Slants and Fuct

Dr. Amanda Reid, Associate Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law and Dr. Adrienne Lerner, UNF Director of the pre-law program discussed the First Amendment and how it relates to trademarks.  

This event took place from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.



UNF Constitution Week 2016


September 12 - 15, 2016


Constitutional resources were on display at the library all week.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Free Pocket Constitutions were handed out at Market Day in the Student Union Osprey Plaza from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Thursday, September 15, 2016


Courageous Conversations: Racism and Reality

Courageous Conversations is a collaborative speaker series that examines current events and policies in our nation that directly impact our community.  This specific event examined racism and reality.  Facilitators guided students, educators, employees, community leaders and citizens through civil discussion to address current issues on race and the media.  Included in this was a discussion of the evolution of technology as it affects racial matters.  Small group discussions followed focusing on ways the media can improve its portrayal of people of color in our community and across the nation.  A reception followed, sponsored by the Taylor Leadership Institute.  Discussion facilitated by Dr. Roy Kaplan, former executive director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and Dr. Navita Cummings James, Associate Professor of Communications, USF.  

The event was held in the Student Union Auditorium 58E, 2704 from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Explore the American Identity: "What Should it Mean... to be an American?"

The Office of Undergraduate Studies screened the documentary film by Ken Hurley.  This film interviews Americans from all 50 states to ask them what being American means to them.  The documentary explores our American challenges, problems, hopes, dreams, and aspirations.  Discussion was moderated by Dr. Parvez Ahmed.  

The event was held in the Student Government Senate Chambers, 58E at 6 p.m.