Painting by Gerd Altmann of the signing of the US Constitution.

2021 Constitution Day Events

To mark the day, a number of presentations will occur during September. All events are open to the public.

Friday, September 17, 2021
11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Outdoor venue: Wisconsin Idea Room (Rm 159), Education Building

Register to attend in person or virtually

Lecture: After Nationalism: How to be American in the 21st Century

Professor Samuel Goldman, Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom and director of the Politics & Values Program at George Washington University

In recognition of Constitution Day, Professor Goldman will speak about the American constitutional order based on his recent book, After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division. Registration for this free event is appreciated. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsors: The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, The Tommy Thompson Center and The Institute for Legal Studies

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Constitutional Resources

Constitution of the United States

Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site includes a transcript of the Constitution, images of the original document and other facts and background information.

Teaching with documents: observing Constitution Day

Also produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers activities, lesson plans and other information for teachers and students at all levels.

National Constitution Center
Center for the Study of the American Constitution

This non-profit, non-partisan center is dedicated to serving scholars, educators, and students who are interested in the American Constitution in its historical context.

President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8, 2004 (Public Law 108-447) that designates every September 17 as Constitution Day. All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to prepare a program to inform students about the U.S. Constitution.