Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed; this day, September 17, is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate this important event in U.S. History.  Come join the Humanities Department and Student Activities celebrate on Wednesday, September 14.

10 a.m. “The Struggle for a More Perfect Union” with Dr. Steve Culbertson Location: TBA

The preamble to The Constitution states the intent to create “A more perfect union”; however, this was a point of contention between our political leaders as a periods of conpromises and conflict ensued betwee 1820-1865.

11 a.m.  “Constitution Day and Military Service” TSgt David Morris Location: TBA

Join TSgt David Morris discuss Constitution Day and being in the military.

6 p.m. Exhibition of Edison Phonographs and Recordings with Dr. Steve Culbertson Location: TBA

The Constitution affords Congress the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts” via patent and copyright process.  The early years of recorded sound provide a glimpse into this authority in practice.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October and is an official city and state holiday in various localities.

According to the National Congress of American Indians, since Native peoples are not represented in American society, many have little to no familiarity of Native peoples and their communities. “Pop culture, media and K-12 education,” as noted by Illuminative, “have institutionalized the erasure of Native peoples to the point that 78% of Americans admit they know little to nothing about Native Americans. A significant number are also not sure Native Americans still exist.”

In History books, as noted by Illuminative, what is told of Native peoples and their communities does not accurately portray the maltreatment they have experienced.  Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an opportunity to correct this erasure.

This year, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is October 10.  Join the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Departments recognize and celebrate Native peoples; event:  TBA.