Park University to Host Annual Constitution Day Lecture

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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Dr. Bill WorleySept. 4, 2013 — The Department of History and Political Science at Park University will host its annual Constitution Day Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 3 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Bill Worley, Ph.D., a history instructor at Metropolitan Community College’s Blue River campus, will portray President James Madison in a live re-enactment of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and Federalist Papers.

“Dr. Worley will demonstrate Madison’s extensive studies prior to the Convention as well as his role during the event,” said James Pasley, Ph.D., associate dean of Park University’s School of Social Sciences and professor of political science. “He brings history alive, literally, and makes it more relatable to students today through his creative impersonations of significant historical figures.”

Worley is a recognized authority on Kansas City regional history and he is a seasoned performer, representing historical figures in his classroom and in national performances. He is the author of several books, including J.C. Nichols and the Shaping of Kansas City, The Plaza: First and Always, Beale Street: Crossroads of American Music, The Santa Fe Trail and Kansas City: Rise of a Regional Metropolis.

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also known as, is federally mandated for all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding. The legislation was enacted in 2004 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. The holiday celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.

For more information about Constitution Day or Worley’s lecture, contact Pasley at

Please note: McCoy Meetin’ House has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Department of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.

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