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Constitution Day @ UF is September 17, 2013: Events

Your guide to research and resources for the United States Constitution.

@ the Law School

UF Law Reads the Constitution

Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Time: 12:00-1:00pm

This year the University of Florida Levin College of Law will hold a reading of the Constitution in UF Law’s Freedom of Speech area on the northeast side of the law campus from noon – 1 p.m.

The events are sponsored by the University of Florida, with support from the UF Levin College of Law, Smathers Libraries and the Graham Center.


Events on the Day

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and each year the University of Florida – along with other publicly funded universities – holds an event to recognize the important occasion. This year’s events are presented jointly by the Smathers Libraries and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in cooperation with UF’s Faculty Senate and Academic and Professional Assembly.   Events at UF will be held on Tuesday, September 17 from 12:00-1:00pm.

These events are free and open to the public.

Preamble of the Constitution: Schoolhouse Rock

Trying to memorize the Preamble of the Constitution? This Schoolhouse Rock music video will help!

Images of The Constitution

constitution detailSee high resolution images of the Constitution at the Charters of Freedom website.
Read a transcription of the Constitution in its original form HERE.

@ Library West

UF Reads the Constitution
Sept. 17, 2013
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Under the canopy on the Plaza of the Americas outside of Library West

Have you ever wondered what exactly is in the Constitution? The University of Florida Libraries seeks your help with our second annual "UF Reads the Constitution" event. We are signing up volunteers to help us read the Constitution aloud. We need enthusiastic readers to read several sentences or a paragraph. Our open-mic activity is designed to capture the attention and imagination of those walking through the Plaza.

This year, in addition to the live reading of our founding documents from 12:00-1:00 on the Plaza of the Americas, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will take a page out of late-night comedian Jay Leno's playbook this Constitution Day, imitating the show’s "Jaywalking" segment.  A Bob Graham Center staff member and camera crew will stroll the UF campus and ask unsuspecting students simple questions about the Constitution. A video compilation of the interviews will be posted for viewing on the Bob Graham Center website and the center’s YouTube channel.

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