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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

The American Constitution begins with an iconic preamble:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

2019: Constitution Day

Slipping toward Monarchy?: The Rising Power of the Presidency

Andy Rudalevige, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Bowdoin College, specializing in the modern presidency and interbranch relations.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4:00 p.m.   CLP
Hartness Pavilion 

2018: Constitution Day



Turning Right: The New Supreme Court
and Issues of Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Mass Incarceration

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
4:00 p.m.  CLP
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Presented by the Riley Institute® at Furman and the Department of Politics and International Affairs

2017: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Fellow in Residence

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black America Since MLK:
A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
5:30 – 7 p.m., September 18, 2017

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs with support from South Carolina ETV

2016: Constitution Day

Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution

Thursday, September 22; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center, Furman University

2015: Constitution Day

American Politics and Policy

Constitution Day
When Traffic Stops Lead to Death: Have Americans Lost Their 4th Amendment Rights?

September 17, 4 p.m.
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Political Science. 

2014: Constitution Day

American Politics and Policy

Constitution Day
Hobby Lobby Ruling:  Winning Religious Liberty or Extending Corporate Reach?

September 17, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

2013: Constitution Day


American Politics and Policy

Constitution Day
Do Zombie Votes Count? Voter Fraud, Voter Rights, and the Supreme Court

September 17, 4 pm
Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center

2012: Constitution Day


(l-r) Brent Nelsen, Rod Smolla, Teresa Cosby, Don Aiesi

American Politics and Policy

Obamacare is Constitutional:  But Why?

Constitution Day Observed
September 17, 2012

2011: Constitution Day


(l-r) Caroline Davis, Robert Fuson, Jonathan Pierce, and Ardarius Blakely

American Politics and Policy

Constitution Day Observed
September 16, 2011

In honor of Constitution Day 2011, The Riley Institute presented “A Republic to Keep?” on September 16, 2011. This student-acted original series of brief vignettes took a look at the founders’ division over what the actual structure of our government should be and how power would be divided. The furor that played out during the Constitutional Convention of 1789 was recreated, but it operated within the 21st century news and social media context.