Park University’s Constitution Day Event to Discuss Discourse in Contemporary Politics

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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Park University’s annual Constitution Day event will feature two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives discussing “Discourse in Contemporary Politics: The Decline of Civility?” The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, starting at 3 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Speakers for the event will be former congressmen Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) and David Minge (D-Minn.). Kelly served New York’s 19th District from 1995-2007, while Minge served Minnesota’s 2nd District from 1993-2001, followed by a stint as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002-12.

Kelly and Minge will also visit Parkville Campus classes the morning of the discussion as part of The United States Association of Former Members of Congress’ Congress to Campus initiative with the Stennis Center for Public Service.

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also called, 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. It celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.

Park’s Constitution Day event is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science. For more information about the event, contact Debra Sheffer, Ph.D., professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, at