Most Americans recognize that the 4th day of July marks our nation’s birthday. Only a few are aware that September 17th is the birthday of our government. On that date in 1787, 39 of the 55 original delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.
In celebration of the signing of the Constitution and to increase awareness of the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, San Diego Mesa College will recognize Constitution Day, September 17, and Constitution Week, September 15 to 19, with a series of lectures and student interpretations of presidential speeches by the internationally acclaimed Olympian Speech and Debate Team.
Events kick off on Monday, September 15, when San Diego author and pundit Richard Lederer hosts a lively discussion on facts, foibles and fun, fascinating insights into the lives and histories of the 42 men who have held the office of President of the United States. The presentation is based on Lederer’s most recent book, Presidential Trivia: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents. It will be held Monday, September 15 in Room G-101 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Students take center stage on Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, when the internationally acclaimed Mesa College Olympian Speech and Debate Team present “Great Moments in Presidential Speeches.” These oral interpretations of some of the greatest speeches in presidential history will be presented from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in H-117/118.
On Friday, September 19, Mark Vezzola, a lecturer in History at Mesa College will present his paper, “The Power of Words: How the Constitution Eroded Native American Sovereignty.” The lecture will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 435 of the Learning Resource Center.
Events are free and open to the public. For more information please see www.sdmesa.edu.
To view the language of the entire U.S. Constitution, visit:
The U.S. Constitution Online