Would the United States Constitution Be Passed Today?

Xavier panel discussion marks Constitution Day | September 14, 2009


The Institute for Politics and Public Life at Xavier University is hosting a Constitution Day event this Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Institute director Michael Ford will speak about the challenges in ratifying the Constitution. Assistant professor of political science Mack Mariani will moderate a student panel discussion about topics such as whether or not the Constitution could pass today and if it's still relevant in today's society.
The mission of the nonpartisan Institute for Politics and Public Life is to produce extraordinary citizens animated by an informed understanding of the global community, evolving technology and a clear vision of civic duty. In addition, it provides Xavier students with the knowledge and leadership tools to contribute to all levels of public life.  The Institute further acts as a place to research crucial matters of public policy and governance and disseminate findings to the public. It is being created as a “home” for the kind of activities that blend together coursework and outside activities such as internships, survey research and advanced study on the role of the Internet.

Mike Ford has had a 38-year career in politics, government and business at all levels of American public life. He has held senior staff and advisory positions in nine presidential campaigns. A 1970 graduate of Xavier, he holds a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and was a graduate fellow at the Pennsylvania State University School of Public Administration.
Mack Mariani has been assistant professor of political science at Xavier since 2007. His teaching and research interests include campaigns and elections, congress and the legislative process, women and politics, and political internships/experiential learning.  His research has appeared in Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Politics and Gender, Comparative State Politics and the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence.

For more information, contact Caroline Purtell at 513-745-4873 or visit www.xavier.edu/politicsandpubliclife