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Virtual Constitution Day 2021

September 23 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Presented by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences with support from the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost

The Meaning of the Constitution in 2021

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, 7 p.m.

Join the Zoom: https://springfield.zoom.us/j/81926279205

Can the government require you to wear a mask and get a COVID vaccine? Who should determine your rights related to cell phones, social media, and speech in general? What rights do you have when a police officer confronts you? 

For more than 200 years, people in the United States have argued about similar questions, and often turned to the Constitution for answers. The people who wrote the document called the Constitution “the supreme law of the land.”  But who has the right to decide what the Constitution says and means? Who has the “last word”? The Supreme Court? Congress? The president? The people? You?

To guide us through these questions, three experts in the legal field will discuss the ways that the Constitution has helped us organize our society and review the limits of this document in resolving challenges. 

  • R. Kent Newmyer, PhD, Professor of Law and History at the University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Hon. Barry F. Armata, JD, Connecticut Superior Court Judge
  • José A. Santos, JD, Consultant and Former Vice President and General Counsel at Pratt & Whitney and at Collins Aerospace (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand)

Thomas Carty, PhD, Springfield College professor of history and prelaw advisor, will moderate the discussion and Q&A. Please feel free to email questions ahead of time to tcarty@springfield.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

For questions or more information, contact Tom Carty at tcarty@springfield.edu. If you have disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Carty to discuss your accessibility needs. 

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