Take It On

Constitution Day Colloquium - September 16 & 17, 2022

To commemorate the 234th anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution, Xavier University is hosting a two-day Constitution Day Colloquium. The event, sponsored by the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History, takes place on Sept. 16 and 17, 2022.   The colloquium will bring students and faculty together to engage in detailed readings and discussion on the Founders' ideas and their relevance to the challenges facing our nation today.

The Colloquium, is being offered as part of Xavier's Take It On initiative, a bipartisan, values-centered effort to proactively promote Ignatian civic engagement, including better civic discourse and robust, peaceful engagement in politics. Additional support comes from The Smith Scholars Program and the Philosophy, Politics & the Public Honors Program.

The two-day program opens with a public address, "What Makes an Issue Religious? Reflections on the Dobbs Decision" by Dr. Melissa Matthes (US Coast Guard Academy).  The address will take place on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm in the Clocktower Lounge (3rd Floor Gallagher Student Center). 

Twenty Xavier students who have been named Constitution Day Scholars will continue the conversation in panel discussions held on Saturday, September 17.   Dr. Matthew Williamson, instructor in the Xavier Department of History, will give a lunchtime address on "John Jay and the Proto-Supreme Court" at 12:00 noon in the Clocktower Lounge (3rd Floor, Gallagher Student Center).  Faculty and staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Title IX Office, the Philosophy, Politics and the Public Program, and the Office of Government Relations will serve as facilitators for the Saturday panels. 

Dr. Matthes' address on Friday, September 16 is free and open to the public and all members of the Xavier community.  Dr. Williamson's address at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 17 is open to all members of the Xavier community who RSVP to Dr. Mariani at marianim@xavier.edu by Monday, September 11 at 12:00 noon.  Contact Dr. Mack Mariani in the Department of Political Science for more information.