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Constitution Day Activities Set for Sept. 17 at ASU

September 13, 2010

Area citizens and members of the Angelo State University community are invited to participate in ASU’s sixth annual reading of the U.S. Constitution followed by a reenactment of its 1787 ratification debate during Constitution Day activities Friday, Sept. 17, on the ASU campus.

The constitutional reading in five-minute segments will run from 9 a.m. until the last reader has spoken in the ASU Houston Harte University Center across from the UC Information Desk.

ASU students, faculty and staff and community members are encouraged to take part in the day’s events. Those interested in reading should call College of Liberal and Fine Arts Dean Kevin Lambert or Pam Rodgers at 942-2110 or send an e-mail to Kevin.Lambert@angelo.edu.

Copies of the Constitution will be available in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and other languages for those participating, and it can be read in any language.

Longtime ASU government professors Casey Jones and Jerry Perry will take the stage for the Constitution ratification debate at 3 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Jones will portray Alexander Hamilton and Perry will assume the role of Patrick Henry, and they will dress in period costumes as they have in years past. After the debate, the audience will be asked to vote on ratification of the Constitution.

The reading and debate reenactment are open free to the public.