Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Commemoration of this event takes place each year by decree of Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004. (Pub. L. 108-447, div. J, title I, Sec. 111, Dec. 8, 2004, 118Stat.3344(d);

All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to provide educational programming to inform students about the U.S.Constitution. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, we observe the occasion on an adjacent weekday.

The Constitution is a vital part of the cultural heritage and the history of the United States of America and we are pleased to provide these resources to our student body and the general public. Any events affiliated with Constitution Day will also be posted here each year.

 

2021 Constitution Day Commemoration

Voting rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. Voting is one of the most important ways you can affect the future of our country – and your future. Learn more about upcoming dates, voter ID, absentee ballots, voter registration at UWM’s Student Voter web page.

Check out this free seminar:

Gun Control and the Constitution

A virtual lecture by Dr. Donna Schuele in celebration of Constitution Day.

Friday, September 17, 10:30am-11:30am

This lecture examines the transformation of the Second Amendment as securing an individual right tobear arms and its application by the Supreme Court to limit the rights ofstate and local governmentsto regulate gun ownership and use.

Presenter: Donna C. Schuele is a faculty member in the political science department at California State University, Los Angeles and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. She teaches courses in civil rights and civil liberties; government power and accountability; American constitutional and legal history; gender, politics, and law; and the Supreme Court. In addition, she regularly teaches lifelong learning courses for the Road Scholar program and the Chautauqua Institution and speaks to community groups such as the League of Women Voters. She was awarded a Recognition for Teaching Excellence by the American Political Science Association in 2013. Her research focuses on the interaction of law and politics in American society across the nineteenth and twentieth century. She is currently writing a biography of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and most recently contributed the essay, “Love, Honor, and the Power of Law: Probating the Avila Estate in Frontier California,” to On the Borders ofLove and Power. Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest (2012). Her work has also been published in the Yale Journal ofLaw and Feminism, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal ofFamily Law, Western Legal History, and California History, and her commentaries in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

This lecture is sponsored by UWM’s Care, Respect, and Expression Program Committee. If you have questions, please contact the following committee members:

  • Joe Rodriguez (joerod@uwm.edu)
  • Michael Rogers (rogersmi@uwm.edu)
  • Liz Drame (erdrame@uwm.edu)

Resources

  • Read the U.S. Constitution. Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site contains a full transcript of the Constitution as well as images of the original document and other historical facts.
  • 8 Basic Facts about the Bill of Rights.
  • 25 Landmark Constitutional Law Supreme Court Decisions.
  • Register to Vote and Election Information. The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights in the Constitution. This site provides information on voter registration and information on upcoming elections.
  • Test your Constitutional knowledge with this online quiz
  • Test your overall civics knowledge with icivics, an online game created by Sandra Day O’Connor.
  • Resources for teachers or educators to plan lessons on the Constitution
  • Additional classroom lessons