Constitution Day Events, Tuesday September 14

Vote-RedWhiteBlueNational EagleIndiana State University is celebrating Constitution Day (officially September 17) with several events over several days. On Tuesday, September 14, the Library Events area will be the venue for a Constitution Day Teach-in AND the first Pizza/Politics student event of the year! Reference/Instruction Librarian, Marsha Miller, has begun building two of our LibGuides to support these campus events. Look at and

Everyone is welcome to attend the Teach-in events:

9:30-10:30 New Fundamentals: Amending the Constitution (1789-1992) – David Nichols [48 attendance]
11-12 The Constitution and the Court – Robert Van Sickel [179 attendance]
12:30-1:30 Free Speech, Really? – Darlene Hantzis [92 attendance]
2-3 Deliberating Democracy – All Presenters [75 attendance]

6-7:15 Pizza and Politics: this program’s target audience is first-year students but everyone is invited to come to this PARTICIPATORY event: ‘A Democratice Dialogue about Food, Inc.’ (chapters 9, 10,11)

September 28, 4pm Roger Newman: Professor Newman wrote ‘Hugo Black: A Biography’ (1994; won the Scribes Book Award; finalist for Pulitzer Prize); co-author: Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment (1982); editor-in-chief of “The Constitution and Its Amendments (1999); Editor, Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (1999). Currently finishing book on President Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments. The ISU Library has a copy of Hugo Black at KF 8745 .B55 N49 1994. Banned Films is held by the ISU Library [KF4300 .D43 1982] Vigo County Public Library [REFERENCE 342.085 D]

Also on September 28, 6-7:15pm: Pizza and Politics: topic tba

October 19: Pizza & Politics: Supreme-ly Important Deliberations
November 2: Election Night!

American Democracy Project events are sponsored by University Honors, the Foundational Studies Program, Departments of Communication; Political Science; History; Interdisciplinary Programs; Office of the President; Center for Public Service and Community Engagement.

Kyle Ward’s book talk “Not Written in Stone” – on C-SPAN 2

The Book TV program is scheduled to air that talk Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6:15 p.m. on
. (Channel 65 on Terre Haute’s Time Warner Cable. We are VERY EXCITED about this event. Many of us attended the July 21 taping. But even more, Kyle, an ISU alumnus, conducted much of the research for both of his books [see below] using the Floyd and Walker Family’s collections of 19th Century Textbooks in Cunningham Memorial Library’s Special Collections Department.

Not Written in Stone: Learning and Unlearning American History through 200 Years of Textbooks

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years.

Women’s Equality Day Observance – Two Events

August 26 marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. The Women’s Studies Program and Interdisciplinary Programs invites everyone to attend a celebration of this event on Thursday, beginning at 4pm in the Library’s Events area. This program and reception will also celebrate the 2010 Awardees of the Charlotte Zietlow Women Faculty Research Grant. Dr. Zietlow, recognizing the gender gap in tenure, determined to do something about it, and created the endowment that funds grants to support pre-tenure women faculty. For more information about this grant (application process for the next round will be Spring 2011), please visit

Following the reception, consider staying on for a showing of a powerful movie, Iron-Jawed Angels, 6:15-8pm. Please urge your students to attend this film. Starring Hilary Swank as Alice Paul and Angelica Houston as Carrie Chapman Catt, this 2004 film forcefully portrays how many women put their lives at risk to give women what is now often taken for granted: the right to vote. Students are also welcome to attend the Women’s Equality Day/Zietlow function!

1848-1920: War of the Roses: a pdf of a PowerPoint presentation commemorating the 90th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment! and some reminders about why it is important to VOTE! – with a special focus on the “Night of Terror, November 15, 1917”

Iron-Jawed Angels from Time Classroom – many great links

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And, of course, the National Women’s History Project