Annual Constitution Day Lecture
Each year, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leaderships hosts an annual Constitution Day Address, meant to be a celebration of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and the importance of the document today.
In its third year, the Constitution Day Lecture has welcomed deep conversation and productive debate about the crafting of the U.S. Constitution, its writers, and its objectives. Watch all of our previous Constitution Day lectures below.
2020 Constitution Day Lecture
"The Surprising History of Women's Suffrage" with Ellen DuBois
The subject of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership's 2020 Annual Constitution Day Lecture is Women’s Long Battle for the Vote: Surprises on the Road to the Nineteenth Amendment, the topic and title of Professor DuBois' most recent book. The lecture will cover the seventy five years of the U.S. woman suffrage movement with an emphasis on things you might not already know, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment: the universal suffrage vision with which the movement began; the unusual route by which woman suffrage first spoke to average women; how so many women were able to vote before the Nineteenth Amendment’s ratification; and how close the amendment came to not passing in 1920.
This event is supported by the Jack Miller Center.
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
Time: 5 to 6 p.m. (Arizona MST)
Location: Zoom (connectivity details provided upon registration)
Previous Constitution Day Lectures
'The President Who Would Not Be King' with Michael McConnell
At the Constitutional Convention, the delegates struggled to create a presidency with sufficient authority to lead the nation, but without creating an elective monarch. Judge Michael McConnell of the Stanford Law School outlined the little-known story of how the framers went about that task, and its implications for today during our third Constitution Day Lecture on Sept. 17, 2019.
'The Renaissance of Federalism' with Hon. Clint Bolick
September 17, 1787 was the final day of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia; with George Washington presiding as the president of the convention, the delegates who supported the final draft added their signatures to the text. In order to promote both understanding and appreciation of our nation’s fundamental law, The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University welcomed Hon. Clint Bolick of the Arizona Supreme Court for its inaugural Constitution Day lecture on Sept. 14, 2017.
'Lincoln's Fathers' with Richard Brookhiser
The ASU School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership welcomed Richard Brookhiser in our second annual Constitution Day Address, "Lincoln's Fathers," in which he discussed the many ways in which Abraham Lincoln's predecessors and paternal figures influenced his personal and public life on Sept. 17, 2018.
In the media
A celebration of ideals
School of Economic Thought and Leadership Associate Director Adam Seagrave penned this op-ed about how Sen. John McCain and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson might encourage us to celebrate the day.
ASU professor discusses the history, importance of Constitution Day
Sept. 17 a national day to reflect on the impact of the original document, both its governing principles and its compromises