Purdue University's Constitution Day Celebration
September 19, 2016
10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118
Thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Congress, by joint resolution, has designated September 17th as "Citizenship Day" and the week beginning September 17th and ending September 23rd of each year as "Constitution Week". Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 ( PDF ) states that "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.
Booths and Activities:
Constitution Day prizes that will be given away will feature:
Students and celebrities will test their knowledge of the Constitution in a Jeapordy- style quiz show in the Great Hall
10:30 am & 11:30 am Student Quiz Off's
12:30 pm Celebrity Quiz Off with Lafayette and West Lafayette Mayors, Jeff Smith from WLFI and other local leaders
General de Lafayette Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
Learn about local connections to the Constitution with historic artifacts.
Multimedia exhibits will provide opportunities to learn about many facets of the Constitution Scan in with BoilerLink to qualify to win prizes!
Online interactive games. Participate in a simulated Supreme Court hearing and run your Constitutional Law Firm! iCivics is a web-based education project design to teach civics and inspire to be active participant in U.S. democracy.
Purdue University Libraries' 'Banned Book' Exhibit
Students can see how the First Amendment impacts their lives through this display of books that have been (or remain) censored. Information on censorship and important censorship cases will also be displayed.
America Rock® "The Preamble"
Watch this classic cartoon treatment of the events leading up to the signing of the Constitution and sing along to the familiar lyrics.
Multimedia Constitution QuizOff
Students will compete against each other and against Purdue Faculty-using infrared signaling devices-to test their knowledge of the Constitution. This ' Jeopardy '-format gameshow will take place continuously throughout the day.
League of Women Voters Registration
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in its government. The League will participate in the celebration of
Constitution Day by distributing voter information and registering individuals to vote.
Justice Learning's Conversations with Supreme Court Justices
View this classroom video of United States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer talking about the Constitution with high school students at the Supreme Court. This video features the Justices taking questions from students and discussing why we have and need a Constitution; what federalism is; how implicit and explicit rights are defined; and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power.
Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and
Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; College of Education
Vice President of Student Affairs, Office of the Provost.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Student Services
Program Advisor, Purdue Student Union Board
Assistant Director, James Ackerman F. Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education.
Academic Advisor, College of Education.
Administrative Assistant, James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education.