Constitution Day

President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8, 2004 (Public Law 108-447) that 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.

2018 Constitution Day Events

To mark the day in 2018, a number of talks and presentations will take place on the UW campus during the month of September. All events are free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion

Civic Education and American Democracy

1:00-2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 13
Lubar Commons, Room 7200, Law School

David Schmidtz, Kendrick Professor of Philosophy; Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic; Head of the Department of Political Economy and Moral Science, University of Arizona

Harry Brighouse, Mildred Fish-Harnack Professor of Philosophy of Education; Professor of Philosophy; Carol Dickson-Bascom Professor of the Humanities; Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sponsored by the Center for Liberal Democracy and co-sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies.

Constitutional Law ⅠI Class

Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes
10:30–11:50 a.m., Monday September 17, Room 5229, Law School;
4:10–5:30 p.m., Monday September 17, Room 2211, Law School

This course explores constitutional protections of individual rights, focusing on the "Equal Protection" and "Due Process" clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. We will study this through case law with attention to how various actors have understood and interpreted the key constitutional questions, especially the different interpretive approaches to understanding the Constitution. On the 17th we will cover the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Law for Leviathan

Ideas & Innovations Speaker Daryl Levinson
David Boies Professor of Law and Vice Dean, New York University School of Law
Noon–1:15 p.m., Wednesday September 19
Lubar Commons, Room 7200, Law School

Professor Levinson will present a summary of a book-length project he has been working on. The thesis is that constitutional law has gone astray by relying upon legal, instrumental, and moral frameworks that were developed for the regulation of ordinary persons by the state. These frameworks turn out to be poorly suited to the distinctive challenge of regulating the state itself. He suggests instead that constitutional law follow international law and international relations in applying a very different set of descriptive and normative frameworks that were self-consciously developed around the peculiar creature we call the state (or, more evocatively, Leviathan).

51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law

Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
4:30–600 p.m.
, Tuesday, September 25
Lubar Commons, Room 7200, Law School

Sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and the Institute for Legal Studies.

Constitution of the United States

Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site includes a transcript of the Constitution, images of the original document and other facts and background information.

Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day

Also produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers activities, lesson plans and other information for teachers and students at all levels.

National Constitution Center: Constitution Day

This site is produced by the National Constitution Center, and provides more information about Constitution Day along with activities, lesson plans and other resources.

Center for the Study of the American Constitution

This non-profit, non-partisan center is dedicated to serving scholars, educators, and students who are interested in the American Constitution in its historical context.