Constitution Day-Sept. 23-will be commemorated on campus with a talk given by Professor Sidney M. Milkis. The White Burkett Miller Professor of the Department of Politics and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center, Milkis will present a speech titled “Lyndon Johnson, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Living Constitution at 6 p.m. in Stern 103. The talk is free and open to the public.
First observed in 2005, Constitution Day commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution by the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; it was their final meeting. In honor of Constitution Day, the Colleges invite noted scholars and public figures to campus to engage in discussion about the Constitution and related subjects. The holiday was put into law in 2004 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
Milkis has published an extensive and distinguished repertoire of books on American history and politics, including “The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System Since the New Deal” (1993), “Political Parties and Constitutional Government: Remaking American Democracy” (1999), “Presidential Greatness” (2000), coauthored with Marc Landy, “The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2011” (2011), 6th edition, coauthored with Michael Nelson and “Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy” (2009). His articles on American government and political history have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Science Quarterly, and several other noted publications.
In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate students, he regularly gives public lectures on American politics and participates in programs that teach the political history of the United States to international scholars and high school teachers.
Past Constitution Day speakers at HWS have included Johns Hopkins University political science professor Joel B. Grossman and associate professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma Justin Wert.
Constitution Day commemoration is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Political Science Department. For further information on the history of Constitution Day, visit http://www.loc.gov/law/help/commemorative-observations/constitution-day.php.