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.
2018 Constitution Day Celebration
Monday, September 17
UWM Union Cinema
Free screening of RBG, the 2018 critically-acclaimed, docu-biography about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The film explores RBG’s extraordinary life and career and her numerous contributions to issues involving gender discrimination.
Join us after the screening for a discussion of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Panelists are:
- Sara Benesh, UWM Professor of Political Science
- Rick Esenberg, President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
- Asma Kadri, Staff Attorney, Wisconsin ACLU
- Michael O’Hear, Professor at Marquette University Law School
- Moderator: Jasmine Alinder, Associate Dean for the Humanities, UWM
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advanced as seating is limited. Reserve your tickets.
- 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.
- Obtain a pocket Constitution
- 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.
- UWM’s Freedom of Expression/Civil Discourse Series. TheFreedom of Expression and Civil Discourse Series is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with information on their right to free speech on campus as well as the rights of invited speakers. It will also serve as a platform to assist in finding productive, nonviolent ways to respond to speech and expressions with which they disagree without infringing on the free speech rights of others.
- 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