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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County Will Observe Constitution Day September 20


CONTACT:  BOB PETER, 646-1438 or CHAD GREGORY, 646-1324
(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College will observe Constitution Day (September 20) with discussions about contested passages of the U.S. Constitution.

Bob Peter and Dr. Chad Gregory, instructors in the College’s Arts and Sciences Division, will lead the program beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Marshall J. Parker Auditorium located in Oconee Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

Peter, an economics and political science instructor, will discuss whether Congress or the president has the primary power in deciding to go to war.  Dr. Gregory will discuss the Fugitive Slave Clause, the Second Amendment and the 14th Amendment (Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause).  Both will talk about the First Amendment in reference to religion, the right to assembly and freedom of speech. 

Congress declared September 17 as United States Constitution Day to celebrate the original ratification on September 17, 1787, when the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting and signed the U.S. Constitution.

The Federal government requires that all schools receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education formally recognize Constitution Day.

“Our identity as Americans is closely tied to this founding document,” said Dr. Gregory.  “Constitutional interpretation continues to be, and should be, a significant debate in American history.”  Added Peter, “Americans need to be aware of the Constitution’s basic principles and their meaning and application.”

For more information, contact Dr. Chad Gregory at 646-1324 or Bob Peter at 646-1438.



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