U.S. Constitution Day
Release Date: 9/10/2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/Web Editor
Carroll Community College Celebrates U.S. Constitution Day
In observance of a new federal law that requires colleges to present programs surrounding U.S. Constitution Day (Sept. 17), Carroll Community College(Carroll) will sponsor a panel discussion and movie presentation that are free and open to the community.
The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Theater in the Scott Center at 1601 Washington Rd. The movie will be shown starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the discussion starting at 7:00 p.m.
Since U.S. Constitution Day falls on a weekend, the college plans to hold the event the following week at a more convenient time for the public.
Carroll plans to celebrate the U.S. Constitution with an evening panel discussion featuring the Honorable Michael Galloway, administrative judge for the Circuit Court in Carroll County. The movie Gideon's Trumpet will be shown. It is the true story of prisoner Clarence Gideon's attempt to have himself exonerated by the Supreme Court.Neil Dhingra, history instructor at Carroll, will join Galloway in leading a student-driven discussion about the film, the history of the Constitution, and the confirmation process for new justices of the Supreme Court.
"The college wants the community to understand the importance of the Supreme Court's decisions, because they have a direct impact on all citizens' rights," said William Dougherty, Ed.D, associate professor of Economics at Carroll.
The federal Constitution Day law covers all educational institutions receiving federal funds. It was inserted into a spending bill last fall by Senator Robert C. Byrd.
The event is sponsored by the Great Ideas Academic Community at Carroll.