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WCU TO OBSERVE CONSTITUTION DAY                                                                                                     

Western Carolina University is hosting an array of events throughout the month of September to encourage reflection on the U.S. Constitution.

The nationwide observance of Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 18. Copies of the U.S. Constitution are available at WCU's Public Policy Institute for classroom purposes.

Volunteers from the American Democracy Project – with 80 colleges and universities, including WCU, participating – will sponsor a voter registration drive beginning on Sept. 18, with the aim of registering at least 450 students.  Registration tables will be set up at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Western's political science and public affairs department will show the video “Our Constitution: A Conversation with Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer” on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the theater of the University Center. Among the themes of the documentary are federalism, separation of powers, and implicit versus explicit Constitutional rights.

The College Democrats and the College Republicans will debate the question “The Patriot Act: Friend or Foe?” in the auditorium of Forsyth Building at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Until the end of the month, WCU undergraduates are invited to participate in an essay contest on the 26th Amendment, which extended voting rights to 18-year-olds. For rules and guidelines, visit the Web site of Western's Public Policy Institute at ppi@wcu.edu .

Co-sponsors of Constitution Day activities at WCU include The New York Times and Western's Public Policy Institute, Office of the Provost, Friends of Hunter Library, and Honors College.

For more information, call the Public Policy Institute at (828) 227-2086

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