Thanks to a lead gift from the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, JMC introduced the Constitution Day Initiative in 2011. Since then, we have supported over 180 programs on campuses across the nation involving leading historians, political scientists, and legal scholars (including three US Supreme Court Justices) engaging thousands of students in discussions on constitutional issues from 1787 to the present.
By congressional mandate, colleges receiving federal funds are required to hold an educational program each year on Constitution Day, September 17. These events are excellent opportunities to engage an entire student body in discussion on the Constitution, but many schools lack the resources to mount a substantive program. As a result of JMC’s Constitution Day Initiative, thousands of students have the opportunity to examine critical and timely constitutional questions with real experts and policy-makers.
Numerous JMC scholars have raised awareness of Constitution Day by publishing op-ed essays in newspapers around the country explaining the centrality of the Constitution and constitutionalism to American politics and government. Op-eds have been published in major media markets including Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, and Nashville. Online media outlets including the Huffington Post and Real Clear Politics have publicized the event and sparked interest in students, scholars, and the general public.
Browse the events listed below to find potential speakers for your own Constitution Day events.