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Constitution Day

The Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government hosts a Constitution Day event each year.

Constitution Day 2021

The 2021 Constitution Day event will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 in the UWF Music Hall, Building 82, at 6:00 pm. Constitution Day 2021 will feature Dr. Richard J. Dougherty, professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Dallas. All UWF Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited.

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Why We Celebrate Constitution Day

As the fundamental law of the land, The Constitution is our most important guide to the obligations and the limitations of government in America. Constitution Day, September 17, is both an opportunity for celebrating our country's unique achievement in crafting a written body of fundamental laws for the people's government and it is also an important reminder of the knowledge necessary for good citizenship. As we know from the Declaration of Independence, the just powers of government are entirely derived from our consent. Constitution Day reminds us of those laws to which we give our consent as members of the body politic. We, here at the University of West Florida, are honored to contribute to the furtherance of a healthy civic life by providing resources to our students for their continuing education in the study of the Constitution.

The Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

For more information on the US Constitution go to: United States Constitution

Past Constitution Day Speakers

  • 2020:  No campus gathering due to COVID-19 
  • 2019:  CASSH Presentation of "An Evening with Carl Hiaasen" as part of the Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series
  • 2018:  A Panel Discussion on "The Constiution and American Higher Education Today" with Faculty Members: Dr. Adam Cayton, Dr. Hal White, Dr. Randy Reid, Dr. Richard Hough, and Dr. Jacob Shively
  • 2017: "Impressment, Mutiny and the Seafaring Origins of the Federal Courts" presented by:
    Dr. Matthew Brogdon, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio

  • 2016: "Liberty as a Lodestar: The Constitution's Commitment to Freedom" presented by:
    Dr. Adam Carrington, Assistant Professor at Hillsdale College

  • 2015: A Panel Discussion of the Constitution with UWF Faculty Members:
    Dr. Alfred Cuzán, Dr. James Miklovich, Dr. David Ramsey,
    Dr. Jacob Shively, and Dr. Michelle Williams 

  • 2014: A Lecture on the United State's Constitution presented by:
    The Honorable Terry D. Terrell, Circuit Judge, First Judicial Circuit State of Florida

  • 2013: "Gideon v. Wainwright at 50: Fulfilling Gideon's Promise" presented by:
    Dr. Teri Fine, Professor at the University of Central Florida

  • 2012: "Does Thomas Jefferson Still Survive After Reappointment?" presented by:
    Dr. Keith Gaddie, Professor at the University of Oklahoma

  • 2011: "American Exceptionalism: Past, Present, and Past Again" presented by:
    Dr. Michael Bailey, Associate Professor at Berry College

  • 2010: "Tradition and Modernity: The Original Constitution" presented by:
    Dr. James R. Stoner, Jr., Professor at Louisiana State University

  • 2009: "The Founders and the Furnishing of Mind" presented by
    Dr. Hadley Arkes, Professor at Amherst College

  • 2008: "The President and the Constitution in the Age of Terror" presented by:
    Dr. Marc Landy, Co-author of Presidential Greatness

  • 2007: Lecture by Dr. Gordon Lloyd

  • 2006: The Original Understanding of the Bill of Rights" presented by: 
    Dr. Hadley Arkes, Professor at Amherst College