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Constitution Day 2017 Celebration Planned

St. John’s University commemorates the signing of the US Constitution, which occurred on September 17, 1787. This annual commemoration continues to be an important part of the cultural heritage of the United States because it recognizes the value of the American experiment, and the success of a nation of free people whose rights and liberties have been protected by a written Constitution for the past 230 years. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on how our liberty was won, and to offer gratitude for the gift of freedom.

This year, since September 17 falls on a Sunday, the occasion will be observed by the St. John’s University community on Monday, September 18. A display of lawn signs with quotes from the Constitution will be featured on the Great Lawn on the Queens campus as a reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers and mothers made in order to achieve our freedom.

We hope to see you at the events on the Queens or Staten Island campus on September 18!

Queens Campus

Event: Presentation, “International Law and the American Constitution: A Tug of War between Global Engagement and the Separation of Powers”

Presenter:    Uma Balakrishnan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Government and Politics

Date:             Monday, September 18, 2017

Time:            Common Hour, 1:50–3:15 p.m.

Place:           D’Angelo Center, Room 307

Contact:       Dr. Balakrishnan at [email protected]

Staten Island Campus

The Staten Island Campus  plans to host a speaker who will engage students in a discussion around the theme. This will be a follow up to discussion on the theme in classes.

Event:            Presentation/Discussion on the theme: "Constitutional Implications of the Proposed Travel Ban”

Date:               Monday, September 18, 2017

Time:              Common Hour, 1:50-3:15PM

Place:             Library Commons

Presenter:      Assistant District Attorney Timothy Koller

Contact:         Robert Fanuzzi, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Director of Civic Engagement and Public Programs at [email protected]