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Constitution Day

Campus Events & Calendars

Recorded events will be posted by Sept. 17, 9 a.m. More new material will be coming soon!

Welcome to UofSC Aiken’s virtual Constitution Day in which we celebrate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787! 

USC Aiken hopes that this web site and the links to more information, such as the South Carolinians who were at the convention and signed the document, will contribute to a greater appreciation and understanding of a document whose significance and longevity are without parallel in human history, the United States Constitution. Read, think, and learn about the Constitution on this important anniversary.

Past Events

"Homeschooling and the Battle over Children's Rights"

Friday, September 17, 2021 at 12 – 1 p.m.

The History, Political Science, and Philosophy department holds annual events around Constitution Day to commemorate the day and further understanding of the Constitution. This year the theme of the events is Children and the Constitution. These events are meant to help students and community members better understand the meaning, history, and current application of the Constitution. The following is a specific description of the event scheduled: The United States is the only country in the world that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child -- and advocates of homeschooling are the reason. How did homeschooling come to be at the center of the battle over children's human and constitutional rights? This talk will examine the history of children's rights and child protection in the United States and will discuss how public and home education developed into a cultural and constitutional flashpoint over the past half-century.

Presenter: Dr. Jeremy Young is the Interim Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Education and is the communications and marketing manager at the American Historical Association

“Beyond the 19th Amendment: The Push for the ERA”

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Panel Discussion - Livestreamed to maximize audience participation

This online panel discussion features Karin Sisk and Barbara Fry of the South Carolina League of Women Voters and UofSC Aiken student-leader Amethyst Marroquin. Dr. Sarah Young, of the UofSC Aiken Political Science Department, will moderate the discussion.

The panel discusses the efforts of women’s rights advocates in advancing the Equal Rights Amendment in the decades that followed the enactment of the 19th Amendment. Panelists share first-hand experiences in organizing for the ratification of the ERA in the 70s and in recent years. They also speak about the current status of the ERA.

Virtual attendees were able to submit questions for the panel while viewing the event on their computers.

“The 19th Amendment: 

The Compromise Made for Suffrage” 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Pre-recorded lecture, available online at 9 a.m.

Presented by: Karin Sisk of the S.C. League of Women Voters

This recorded lecture details the story of activists who organized around the passage of the 19th Amendment. Sisk shares a historical account of the women’s suffrage movement, including material that discusses the complicated issues related to expansion of women’s voting rights in the South and throughout the country.

“Who are We the People?: Constitutional Amendments and the Right to Vote” 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Pre-recorded lecture, available online at 9 a.m.

Presented by: Dr. Mitchell Krumm, UofSC Aiken assistant professor of political science

The Constitution begins with the words “We The People,” though at the time it was written this included only a limited set in society since only some could fully participate politically by voting. Dr. Krumm examines the meaning of the right to vote, how the Constitution has been amended to expand these voting rights, the power of voting, and the remaining limits on who is fully part of “We The People.”