Constitution Day

Welcome to the UCA Department of Political Science “Constitution Day” homepage!

 

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was adopted by delegates to the Constitutional Convention meeting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  After  being ratified by nine of the original thirteen states, the U.S. Constitution replaced the first “constitution” of the U.S. – the Articles of Confederation – on June 21, 1788.  The U.S. Constitution provides the basic framework for our national government, including the basic principles of federalism, checks and balances, and separation of powers.  Articles 1 through 3 of the U.S. Constitution establish the three branches of the U.S. federal government (legislative, executive, and judicial).  The “Bill of Rights”, which includes freedom of speech and other essential civil liberties enjoyed by all American citizens, is the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 


“Constitution Day” Commemoration Events at UCA, September 17 and 25, 2020

Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Thursday, September 17th, 4:00pm-5:00pm
EDGE Residential College, Zoom session

Panel on “Democracy, Citizenship, and Governance”, Dr. Mary Beth Sullivan and Dr. Gizachew Tiruneh, Department of Political Science
Friday, September 25th, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Honors College Challenge Week, September 25-October 2, 2020


“Constitution Day” Commemoration Events at UCA, September 17 and 19, 2019

Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Tuesday September 17th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
EDGE Residential College, Hughes Hall

Political Science Club Presents: “Equal Protection Under the Law?”,  Bettina Brownstein, Civil Rights Attorney; Whit Barringer, UCA Honors College; and Cindy Lea, UCA Honors College.
Thursday, September 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Auditorium, Doyne Hall #141


“Constitution Day” Commemoration Events at UCA, September 17 and 20, 2018

Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Monday, September 17th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
EDGE Residential College, Hughes Hall

“Constitution Day” Presentation by Mr. Jeremy Gillam, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and UCA Director of Governmental Affairs & External Relations
Thursday, September 20th, 1:40pm-2:30pm
Irby Hall, Room #215


“Constitution Day” Commemoration Events at UCA, September 19 and 20, 2017

The Constitution & the Courts” by The Honorable Troy Braswell, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Judge
Tuesday, September 19th, 1:40pm-2:30pm
Irby Hall, Room #215

Public Recitation of the Constitution of the United States of America
Wednesday, September 20th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
EDGE Residential College, State Hall


For more information regarding Constitution Day, please contact Dr, Clay Arnold, UCA Department of Political Science, carnold@uca.edu or 501-450-3412.

 

Important Links:

National Archives – Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights

National Constitution Center – Constitution Day

Findlaw.Com – Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Library of Congress – Federalist Papers

U.S. House of Representative

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

White House