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Departments of History and Political Science, 657-2311

September 16, 2008

Extra programs added for Constitution Day event at MSU Billings

constitution_quill_pen.jpgMSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Two extra programs dedicated understanding and upholding the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been added to schedule of events for Constitution Day, to be observed Wednesday and Thursday at Montana State University Billings.

Dr. Brian Reed, assistant professor of political science, will talk on “The Role of the Public Administrator,” which focuses on the public administrators' responsibility for upholding the principles of the U.S. Constitution on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. in Liberal Arts 208.  The presentation is a part of Reed’s Ethics and Public Policy class.

On Thursday, Reed will discuss “The Incorporation of the Bill of Rights” as part of his American Government class from 6-9 p.m. in Liberal Arts 306.
As with other MSU Billings presentations for Constitution Day, the lectures are open to anyone and are free of charge.

On Wednesday, other lectures are:

  • Dr. Keith Edgerton, professor of history, will talk about the constitution as it relates to U.S. history from inception to 1877, 9:20-10:20 a.m. in Liberal Arts 205 and about the Civil War era in the College of Education Building 423 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Matt Redinger, chair of the Department of History, will talk about aspects of the U.S. Constitution and in U.S. history since 1877 in Liberal Arts 205 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
  • Dr. Tom Rust, assistant professor of history, will give a talk about the Constitution in his historical methodology class from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Liberal Arts 201.
  • Dr. David Hood, associate professor of political science, will talk about “Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties” from 12:50-1:50 p.m. in Liberal Arts 309 and the constitutional aspects of American government from 9:20-10:30 a.m. in Liberal Arts 208.
  • Political scientist Dr. Craig Wilson, chair of the Department of Native American Studies, Political Science and Sociology, will talk about the U.s. Constitution in relation to state and local government from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Liberal Arts 208.

Signed into law in 2004, Constitution Day requires all universities that receive any public funds to hold an educational event honoring the Sept. 17 anniversary date that the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 657-2269 or the departments of history or political sciences at 657-2311.


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