Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day, everyone! You may not have noticed this sacred holiday, but I cannot help but be aware of it. This is because every institution of higher learning is required to commemorate Constitution Day with some type of public event, as a condition of receiving federal funds — and I can hardly miss this event, not only because I teach at a very small school, but because I am in fact helping to coordinate this year’s discussion.

We Shimerians are planning to talk about privacy and surveillance, but what I want to discuss is the following question: is the requirement that colleges commemorate Constitution Day itself constitutional?

4 Responses to “Constitution Day!”

  1. Anthony Paul Smith Says:

    That explains an email I received earlier…

  2. Christopher Rodkey Says:

    I spent the day in a burn unit in Allentown.

  3. Adam Kotsko Says:

    The answer is apparently that no one cares. I guess I agree.

  4. Lindsay Says:

    [E]very institution of higher learning is required to commemorate Constitution Day with some type of public event, as a condition of receiving federal funds

    I didn’t know that! When was that rule made? (I graduated college in ’06, and have no memory of ever seeing any Constitution Day announcements or events … suggesting to me that either this wasn’t the law when I was in college or I was just not very observant.)

    As far as whether the requirement that colleges mark Constitution Day is constitutional … I don’t know? It looks like the Constitution is silent on the matter, which to a Strict Constructionist would mean it’s unconstitutional, but I’m not sure what that means to everyone else.


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