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Winona State University will celebrate Constitution Day Tuesday, Sept. 17, on the WSU campus.  Constitution Day is a federal holiday recognizing the signing and adoption of the United States Constitution by the United States Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787.

WSU will hosts “Compliments of Constitution Day” at noon Sept. 17 at the Alumni Gazebo.  The event will include free pocket constitutions, cookies, flags and voter registration materials in advance of National Voter Registration Day Sept. 24.

Winona State Professor of Political Science Matthew Bosworth will present “Supreme Court Rules Supreme Court Rules” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Stark Auditorium.

Bosworth will discuss a number of high-profile contentious rulings recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on issues such as GLBT marriage, voting rights, and DNA testing of arrestees. The presentation will then analyze these rulings and ask what the role for civic action is in influencing the Supreme Court and the responses to its decisions. Examples of questions to be posed include: To what extent does the Supreme Court actually “rule” over the Constitution in America? Does the public have a part in making the Constitution live today?”

In order to commemorate Constitution Day, a replica of the document will be on display Sept. 17 in the Darrell W. Krueger Library Rotunda. Pocket constitutions will be available to students free of charge.

For more information, contact Matthew Bosworth at mbosworth@winona.edu.

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