Release Date: Sept. 10, 2008
ASU to Host Annual U.S. Constitution Reading
American history will come alive in the Houston Harte University Center Spine on Wednesday, Sept. 17, when Angelo State University students and faculty and members of the community read from the U.S. Constitution.
The fourth annual reading to commemorate Constitution Day will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 17, according to Dr. Kevin Lambert, dean of the ASU College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Anyone interested in reading should call the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at 942-2110. Each person who signs up will read from the document for five minutes and then pass it to the next reader.
“One of the fun things is that we go up to people who are watching and ask if they want to read,” Lambert said. “We just slip them in. In the past, we have gone four to five hours. We’re shooting for six hours this year.”
People can recite the Constitution in a variety of languages besides English, including Spanish, Korean, Russian, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian. Copies of the Constitution will be available in those languages.
Then at 3 p.m., ASU government professors Dr. Casey Jones and Jerry Perry will assume the roles of Alexander Hamilton and Patrick Henry, respectively, in the Recital Hall of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, where they will reenact the debate on the Constitution’s 1787 ratification. At the end of the debate, the audience will be asked if the Constitution should be ratified.
“Last year,” said Lambert, “we took a vote on the ratification after the debate. It passed, but by no means unanimously. It was a real debate.”
The reading and the debate reenactment are open free to the public.