The University of Mary Washington will commemorate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 18, with a public lecture on “Constitutions and Legislatures” by Speaker William J. Howell.
After 30 years of service in the Virginia House of Delegates, during 15 of which he served as Speaker of the House, Mr. Howell announced his retirement earlier this year.
The lecture will take place in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center at 11 a.m. In addition, members of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary society, will distribute pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Day, sometimes referred to as Citizenship Day, commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The national observance of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution originates from legislation adopted by Congress in 2004 that requires all publicly funded educational institutions to provide educational programming related to the Constitution on that day.
UMW’s Constitution Day programming is a joint effort of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Pi Sigma Alpha and the Office of the Provost. For more information, please contact Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of Political Science at (540) 654-1513.