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A panel discussion in observance of Constitution and Citizenship Day, titled "The U.S. Constitution: A Living Document," will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.

The discussion will include a performance by the vocal group The Faithful Men, directed by ODU faculty member Nancy Klein.

The discussion commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787. President George W. Bush issued a proclamation in 2001, urging "federal, State, and local officials, as well as leaders of civic, social, and educational organizations, to conduct ceremonies and programs that celebrate our Constitution and reaffirm our commitment as citizens of our great Nation." In 2004, Congress passed a provision mandating that every school and college receiving federal money must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17.

Moderator Elizabeth Esinhart, senior lecturer, ODU's Department of Political Science and Geography, Old Dominion University, will lead the discussion.

Speakers and their topics include:
· Glen Sussman, chair, Department of Political Science and Geography, "Early Debates on the Constitution";
· G. William Whitehurst, Kaufman Lecturer in Political Science and History, "Watergate and the U.S. Constitution";
· Robert G. Doumar, senior judge, U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia, "The Constitution and Individual Rights"; and
· Martha Rollins, deputy city attorney, City of Norfolk, "Find the Family in the Constitution."

A question-and-answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 683-3925.

This article was posted on: August 26, 2005

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