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September 2007

Release Date: September 13, 2007

Annual Event to Honor Constitution Day at Angelo State

Angelo State University students, faculty and staff are inviting members of the San Angelo community to join with them in a celebration of the nation's Constitution by reading from the document Monday, Sept. 17, in the Houston Harte University Center.

The third annual reading, in recognition of Constitution Day, will run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the University Center's central lobby adjacent to the Information Desk. Community members who are interested in participating should call ASU's College of Liberal and Fine Arts at 942-2110 to schedule a time when they would like to read. Participants will read for five minutes before being relieved by another reader.

Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean of liberal and fine arts, said the reading is designed to highlight our nation's founding document and the influence it has had not only in the United States but also around the world.

"We are inviting the public," said Lambert, "to help us celebrate and affirm our rights and our freedoms."

Following the reading, ASU government professors Dr. Casey Jones and Dr. Jerry Perry will take on the personas of Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Henry, respectively, to reenact the debate on ratification of the Constitution in 1787. The reenactment will take place at 2 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. Following the debate, audience members will be asked to vote on whether to ratify the Constitution.

Both the reading and the debate are open free to the public. Copies of the Constitution will be available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.