A special day in American history, Sept. 17, 1787, marks the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Founding Fathers about 231 years ago. While the date has been celebrated under several names, Constitution Day was formalized in 2004. Nationwide, cities celebrate this historic day with activities, events and parades.

The Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series will start its fall 2019 lineup on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, with three different events that address the First, 14th and 19th amendments. Activist, political and community groups will be represented along with the Fresno County Clerk/Elections Office and League of Women Voters, who will offer voter registration opportunities.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout It! — Five Freedoms and First Amendment

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kennel Bookstore lawn.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the First Amendment and earn free tacos. The Henry Madden Library will display books that have been banned and/or censored, while students will play music that has also been banned. This event is sponsored by the Fresno State Institute of Media and Public Trust. This event is also recognized and partially funded by the 1 for All Campaign of Middle Tennessee University.

Voting Rights and 19th Amendment
1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union.

Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage and voting rights, the Department of Political Science will host a panel discussion with experts.

Racial Issues and 14th Amendment
3 to 5 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union.

The Ethics Center will host a discussion panel with Stephen Morris, CEO of the Civic Education Center, and Dan Jamison, an attorney with Dowling Aaron Law.

Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

Events are free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship from the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Parking is $5 in lots in P5 and P6.

The Center for Ethics, Character and Civic Education supports ethics education across the curriculum, including projects in professional ethics, character education and civic education, as well as research on contemporary social issues, ethics pedagogy and ethical leadership. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center director, at afiala@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2124.

(Written by Jer Xiong)

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