September 17 is Constitution Day! Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress established Constitution Week in 1956, to be celebrated each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution.
In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
This year's Constitution Day event, "The Constitution and Political Polarization", will be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 3-4:00 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law (56 West Adams Street), Room 590. This event will feature Professor Steven Heyman, University Distinguished Professor Mark Rosen, Professor Christopher Schmidt, and Associate Professor Carolyn Shapiro. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Additionally, both the Mies Campus and Downtown Financial Aid Offices will honor the day with pocket constitutions and refreshments on each location respectively. Stop by to learn more!