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Panel to discuss ‘Constitution in Everyday Life’ on Sept. 17

In honor of Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17, the Public Policy Institute, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, and the Pre-Law Club will host an educational panel at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center Multipurpose Room titled “The Constitution in Everyday Life.”

Panelists include several guests with unique viewpoints about the constitution and local government: Bonnie Claxton, attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina; Paige Dowling, town manager of Sylva; Kim Elliot, Jackson County Schools assistant superintendent; and Roy Wijewickrama, district court judge.

“We have a wonderful mix of guest speakers who will talk about how constitutional issues arise in everyday situations, often in ways we may not even realize,” said Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and director of the Public Policy Institute. “So often, we cover the big topics like Roe v. Wade, or abstract principles like free speech.  My hope is that this panel will focus a bit more on more common, everyday activities where constitutional rights or issues may be involved in ways that we either don’t recognize or take for granted – in common, everyday subjects, like education, housing, or other topics.”

Admission to the panel is free and open to the public. After each panelist speaks for 10 minutes, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers with the audience.

In addition to the panel discussion, Collins said, Pre-Law Club members will be circulating pocket Constitutions to students on the University Center lawn during the day.

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