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Xavier University -- "Center for the Study of the American Dream Celebrates Constitution Day"

Student panel discusses whether or not the Constitution stands the test of time

09/18/09

On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 brave men signed a document that would change the course of history. The Xavier University Center for the Study of the American Dream hosted a Constitution Day event to celebrate their legacy and raise the prestige of the public on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center. Click here for a photo gallery.

In observance of Constitution Day, the Center invited its founding director, Michael Ford (Class of 1970), to talk about the challenges in ratifying the Constitution. Ford is a long-time political consultant and strategist with a deep interest in history and philosophy. He returned to Xavier last year to run the Center and help students start their own careers in politics and public life.

Mack Mariani, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, moderated a student panel that discussed topics such as whether or not the Constitution could pass today and if it's still relevant in today's society. A former speechwriter and congressional aide, Mariani is co-author of Diverging Parties and co-editor of the Insider's Guide to Political Internships.

The Center for the Study of the American Dream aims to provide leadership in national discussions of politics and public policy in an academic setting. The Center also serves as a center for researching crucial matters of public policy and governance, and disseminating its findings to the public.