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Constitution Day Celebrated Through Two Lectures


SUNY Cortland will mark Constitution Day with a pair of lectures from the College’s Political Science Department faculty.

Presented by the College’s Institute for Civic Engagement, both events are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Timothy Delaune, an assistant professor, will deliver a speech, “Uncharte(r)ed Territory: The Constitution in the Age of Trump” on Thursday, Sept. 14. The talk begins at 4:30 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

Delaune is an expert on constitutional law, including legal traditions, political theory and international law. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Law School, he studied at Tufts University and earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Robert Spitzer, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and professor of political science, will present “Impeachment: Plausible or Improbable” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 in Corey Union Fireplace Lounge.

An expert on the politics of gun control, Spitzer has appeared on television and in newspapers around the world. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is series editor for the book series on American Constitutionalism published by SUNY Press and has authored 15 books.

Constitution Day recognizes the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. SUNY colleges hosting similar events in mid-September will share ideas across social media using the hashtag “#SUNYConstitutionDay.”

For more information on Constitution Day, contact the Institute for Civic Engagement’s Service Learning Coordinator John Suarez at 607-753-4391.