Constitution Day

The Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement announces that, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. This notice implements this provision as it applies to educational institutions receiving Federal funding from the Department.

Each year St. Ambrose University hosts a Constitution Day event on or near September 17, consisting of a lecture or panel discussion on a theme related to constitutional law. This event is organized by the Political Science Department.

L. Joseph Hebert, PhD
Professor, Political Science and Leadership Studies

Recent Constitution Day Events

Constitution Day Panel: “Respecting Conscience Rights in a Constitutional Republic.” Discussants included: Dr. Joe Hebert, Political Science and Leadership Studies; Timothy P. Millea, MD, Catholic Medical Association; Erica Steinmiller-Perdomo, JD, Alliance Defending Freedom (September 2023). The link to this most recent event can be found here.

Constitution Day Panel: "Constitutional Discourse: Cultivating Civility in Uncivil Times." Discussants included: Dr. Joe Hebert, Political Science and Leadership Studies; The Rev. Matthew J.M. Coomber, Ph.D., Department of Theology; Henry Marquard, Marquard Dispute Resolution & Consulting Services (September 2022).

Constitution Day Roundtable. "Voting: Civil Rights & Civic Duties." Discussants included: Dr. Joe Hebert, Political Science and Leadership Studies; Dr. Larry Skillin, History; Dr. Daniel La Corte, History. The discussion took place by WebEx. (September, 2021)

Brown Bag Discussion. Dianne Bystrom, PhD, was joined by Justice Celeste Bremer '74 and continued the preceding day's discussion (during the Folwell Lecture) of voting, elections, and society, via WebEx.  This panel was part of SAU's week-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. (September 2020)

A roundtable discussion, "The Liberal Arts, The Pursuit of Happiness, and the U.S. Constitution," took place in the Folwell Center, Wonio Conference Room. St. Ambrose faculty members Joe Hebert, PhD, Henry Marquard from the Political Science Department, Daniel La Corte, PhD, and Larry Skillin, PhD, from the History Department made up the roundtable. The event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Leadership Studies. The event was free and open to the public, refreshments were served. (September 2019)

St. Ambrose University to Host Freedom of Speech Discussion (Sept. 2017)

St. Ambrose University Constitution Day Events Examine Incentive of Government Officials To Act In (Sept. 2015)

Constitution Day Panel Discussion: "Religious Liberty and the U.S. Constitution." Featuring Carson Holloway, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and SAU faculty (Sept. 2013)


L. Joseph Hebert, PhD, Department Chair

Political Science and Leadership Studies
Folwell Center
518 W. Locust St.

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