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Clarkson University to Celebrate Constitution Day with Panel Discussion

In celebration of Constitution Day, four Clarkson University faculty members will participate in a panel discussion about major historical cases that have challenged the Constitution.

The event will take place in Clarkson University’s Cheel Campus Center Barben Rooms on Tuesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Stephen Bird will discuss the case of Buckley v. Valeo, which examined whether campaign finance reforms’ limiting contributions to political campaigns violated the right to freedom of speech.

Professor of Sociology Rick Welsh will present the case of Chakrabarty v. Diamond, during which the Supreme Court answered the question of whether or not a new life form can be patented. Welsh’s research interests border on this case, as he studies social change and development with emphases on sociology of science and technology.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Jennifer Ball will discuss the infamous case of Griswold v. Connecticut, where the court determined whether the expectation of privacy is guaranteed by the Constitution. Ball is Clarkson’s resident expert in the subject, as one of her main research focuses is the constitutional right to privacy.

Finally, Assistant Professor of Political Science Chris Robinson will present Korematsu v. United States, an important case that turned on the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. Robinson regularly teaches courses in constitutional law and human rights law.

Robinson will also act as moderator of discussion following the panel members’ presentations.

Constitution Day is officially observed on September 17, commemorating the day in 1787 on which the document was signed.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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