SCC to Celebrate Constitution Day September 17

US ConstitutionConstitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, will be celebrated at Somerset Community College at both the Somerset and Laurel Campuses on September 17.

On September 17, 1787, the US Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, PA. The Constitution is the highest law in the US. It is the framework for our government, outlining the powers and duties of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

Somerset Campus
To celebrate the signing of the US Constitution, Somerset Community College will be hosting a panel discussion that explores the controversy and debate surrounding the document.

The panel discussion will be held on Monday, September 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the SCC Harold Rogers Student Commons, Citizens National Bank Community Room, 808 Monticello Street, Somerset. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion, entitled “Federalist vs. Antifederalist Constitutional Debate” will explore some of the earliest conflicts between the Federalists and Antifederalists concerning ratification, federalism and the need for a Bill of Rights.

Panelists include Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel Venters, SCC Associate Professor of History Barbara Stringer, SCC Professor of History Dana Muse, and SCC Instructor of History Michael Goleman. Moderator for the event will be SCC Instructor of Political Science James Taylor.

Venters represents Kentucky's 3rd Supreme Court District, which includes Pulaski, Laurel, Casey, Clinton, Mcreary and Russell counties, as well as 21 other counties across Southern and South Central Kentucky.

Laurel Campus
To celebrate Constitution Day, Somerset Community College Laurel Campus will be showing a video titled The Supreme Court: One Nation Under Law on September 17 at 6 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building (Building #3), Room 113, 100 University Dr., London, Kentucky 40741.

The video examines the creation of the Supreme Court through the brink of the Civil War, paying particular attention to the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - John Marshall - and to his successor, Roger Taney.

Following the video, a discussion on the Supreme Court will be led by SCC history instructors Melinda Allen and Jeff McFadden, as well as other professors from Somerset Community College. The event is free and open to the public.