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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.  Stay tuned for programming as we approach Constitution Week 2018.  

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.