Spartans Observe Constitution Day 2014


Every year at this time, we at Michigan State University pause to reflect on the foundational document of our democracy–the U.S. Constitution–on the anniversary of its ratification on September 17, 1787.

America’s founders deeply valued education. The oldest of the Constitution’s signers at 81, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist of international renown.

As modern citizen-scholars, it is most appropriate that Spartans nurture their understanding of the Constitution, especially as current events continue to throw new light on its meaning and impact. So we’re pleased again this year to host discussions by constitutional scholars.

James Madison College and the LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy will sponsor a roundtable featuring visiting constitutional experts September 22 in Case Hall. And this year, we asked resident scholar Michael Lawrence to contribute this Faculty Voice column to MSU’s observation of Constitution Day.

Please join us for our activities. If you pass by Beaumont Tower at noon on Constitution Day, you can hear carillonneur Patricia Johannes play American patriotic music to celebrate the day.


President Simon helps launch University Innovation Alliance


President Simon at University Innovation Alliance announcement.

President Lou Anna Simon, center, joined Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation executive Dan Greenstein in a discussion moderated by Goldie Blumenstyk of the Chronicle of Higher Education at the announcement of the University Innovation Alliance Sept. 16 in Washington, D.C. Backed by five foundations, 11 public universities will collaborate to narrow the graduation gap separating minority, low-income, and first-generation student groups from their university peers. Michigan State brings its Neighborhoods initiative to the UIA to enhance with data analysis innovations piloted by other group members. (UIA photo)


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