Constitution Day

2014 MSU Constitution Day

8:30 – 9:20 am

Curris Center Theater: Controversies Over the “Take Care” Clause:   Waivers, Deferrals, Exemptions, and Discretion

Dr. James C. Clinger, Political Science



9:30 – 10:20 am


Curris Center Theater: The Constitution and Electoral Campaigns - Dr. Drew Seib, Political Science

Same Sex Marriage and the Common Law Tradition - Dr. Ann Beck, Political Science

10:30 – 11:20 am

Curris Center Theater: The U.S. Constitution and American Exceptionalism - Dr. Daniel Hepworth, Criminal Justice


The First Amendment and Violent Video Games - Dr. Paul Foote, Political Science and Legal Studies, and Dr. Maria Vazquez, Psychology, and Dr. Jared Rosenberger, Sociology

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Curris Center Theater: Alexander Hamilton’s Prose Style in The Federalist - Dr. Andrew Black, English and Philosophy


 'A Republic If You Can Keep It': The Promise and Peril of Republicanism in the Minds of the Framers - Dr. James Humphreys, History

2:30 - 3:20 pm


Freed Curd Auditorium: Endangered Rights Countdown - Dr. Brian Clardy, History, and Professor Brent Taylor, History (WKCTCS)

7:00 - 9:00 pm Keynote Address


Wrather Auditorium: 'Reserved to the States':  The Tenth Amendment and State Rights in American History - 

Dr. Michael Les Benedict, Emeritus Professor of History, The Ohio State University




Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Sociology and the Department of History