Constitution Day

President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8, 2004 (public law 108-447) which designates every September 17 as Constitution Day. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution.

Attend our Constitution Day Event

To mark the day in 2013, the American Democracy Forum will hold a faculty panel discussion on the U.S. Constitution and the American economy. Participants include Professor Colleen Dunlavy of the UW Department of History, Professor Steven Durlauf of the UW Department of Economics, and Professors Howard Schweber and John Zumbrunnen of the UW Department of Political Science. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Wisconsin Idea Room in the Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall.

Presented here is a video interview of UW-Madison Professor of Political Science Donald Downs, an expert in American politics and constitutional law. The interviewer is Ilia Sasich, a graduate student in political science and economics.

View the video or read the audio transcript.

Video still depicting Professor Donald Downs being interviewed by graduate student Ilia Sasich.

In order to view this video, you will need Windows Media Player which can be downloaded for free at the Windows Media Download Center for Windows and Macintosh.