Consitution Day 2014

Purdue University's Constitution Day Celebration

September 18, 2017
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 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.

Constitution Day Resources

Booths and Activities:

-Constitution Day T-shirts
-Pocket Sized Copies of the Constitution
-Other Unique Gifts
-Coffee and Cookies
-Enter a drawing for valuable Purdue Merchandise
  • Constitution Quiz-Off
    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, and other local leaders
  • General de Lafayette Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
    Learn about local connections to the Constitution with historic artifacts.
  • Interactive Exhibits
    Multimedia exhibits will provide opportunities to learn about many facets of the Constitution Scan in with BoilerLink to qualify to win prizes!
  • iCivics
    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.
  • 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.

Planning Committee:

Phillip VanFossen, Chair
Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and
Director, Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship; College of Education
Anne Murphy-Kline
Assistant Director, James Ackerman F. Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education
Kathy Reppert
Administrative Assistant, James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, College of Education
Tonya Agnew
Director of Communications, College of Education

Exhibits open:
10:00 a.M. - 2:00 p.m.

ROTC QuizOff - 10:30 a.m.
Student QuizOff - 11:30 a.m.

See Purdue Students test their knowledge of the Constitution.

Celebrity QuizOff - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrity Quiz Off with Lafayette and West Lafayette Mayors, and other local leaders

Coordinated by
the James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship,
College of Education

The James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship
has as it's mission to assume a national leadership role in preparing new generations of American citizens...
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Sponsored by:
Office of the President

Office of the Vice President for Student Services

Purdue Student Union Board
Purdue Student Government

Social Studies Education Club

Thanks to the Office of the President and all those across the University that have been instrumental in the support and planning Purdue's Constitution Day event.

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