RIT Political Science Department Celebrates Constitution Day Sept. 15

Guest lecturer will discuss U.S. Constitution and progressivism

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We the People. As citizens of the United States, we regard these three words as the cornerstone of our belief in civil rights and equality—particularly as we watch in horror as citizens of other countries battle for their own freedom and equal rights.

In celebration of one of the most revered documents in American history, Rochester Institute of Technology’s political science department in the College of Liberal Arts hosts the 7th annual Constitution Day, 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, room 1125.

Guest lecturer Jason Jividen, assistant professor of political science at St. Vincent College, will lead the discussion “The Idea of Progress and the Constitution of 1787.” Jividen has presented numerous papers and delivered public lectures on topics in ancient and modern political philosophy, the principles of the American founding, Abraham Lincoln’s political thought and American Progressivism. At St. Vincent College, Jividen teaches Principles of American Politics, American Political Thought and Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. His book, Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric, was published this year.

“Constitution Day reminds us that we should shift our attention away from our immediate concerns and celebrate the Constitution of 1787—that great document whose principles have shaped our communities, guided our conduct at home and abroad, and secured our rights, liberties and prosperity,” says Sean Sutton, associate professor and chair of RIT’s political science department.

Interpreting services for the event are available upon request. For more information, contact Sutton at 475-4620 or sdsgsm@rit.edu.