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Constitution Day is intended to increase student awareness and appreciation of this important document of freedom.

Constitution Day ( is intended to increase student awareness and appreciation of this important document of freedom.  All federally funded schools and colleges are required to commemorate the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Senator Robert C. Byrd, of West Virginia, introduced the amendment (December 2004) that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.  The legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution.  Constitution Day is a celebration of the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.  When September 17 falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, Constitution Day may be celebrated the preceding or following week.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon talks about how Spartans observe Constitution Day 2016 on her blog (

The following event is taking place on MSU’s campus to celebrate Constitution Day:

Thursday, October 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center Auditorium

Admission is free and open to the public, but to ensure attendance, please register at:

Reception to follow.

The Immigration Debate: Open vs. Closed Borders

Moderated by Carly Watson, Project and Event Coordinator, MSU Debate Team

Featured participants:

Bryan Caplan
Bryan Caplan is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. He has published in the New York Timesthe Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and has appeared on 20/20, Fox News, and C-SPAN. He is now working on a new book, The Case Against Education

Stanley Renshon
Stanley Renshon has been a Center for Immigration Studies Fellow since 1999 and an expert in the areas of citizenship, national identity and the psychology of immigration. He has testified before Congress several times on these matters and has assisted government net assessments in these areas. Mr. Renshon is also a professor of political science, coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Program in the Psychology of Social and Political behavior at the City University of New York Graduate Center and a certified psychoanalyst. Among his fifteen books are: America’s Second Civil War: Dispatches from the Political Center; One America?: Political Leadership, National Identity, and the Dilemmas of DiversityThe 50% American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terrorism; and Noncitizen Voting and American Democracy.

Sponsored by:

The Institute for Humane Studies through a gift from the John Templeton Foundation

James Madison College in celebration of Constitution Day

The MSU Debate Team

Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies