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Contact: Christine Payton Sept. 13, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Public reading, exhibit, film series part of celebration

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will celebrate the 220th birthday of the U.S. Constitution starting Sept. 17.

On that day, a public reading of the Constitution will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in front of Dupré Library. Fifteen readers representing the university and the broader Lafayette community will join together in the presentation.

Students, university personnel and visitors to campus are invited to stop and listen on the way to class or stay for the entire reading. SGA also will have a voter registration booth at Rex Street and St. Mary Boulevard from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. The deadline for registering for the governor's election is September 19.

In addition, a special exhibit in the Student Union Art Gallery commemorating the 220th birthday will feature the work of first-year design students as they graphically explore their interpretation of the first phase of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The exhibit is titled “To Form A More Perfect Union: The Promise, The Challenge.”

Later in the week, a series of documentary films addressing constitutional issues will be aired on Sept. 18, Sept. 19th and Sept. 20th at 3:30 p.m. in the Bayou Bijou Theatre. The schedule includes:

Tuesday, September 18 – Waging a Living

The film “chronicles the day to day battles of four low wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty.”

Wednesday, September 19 – Chisholm ‘72-Unbought and Unbossed

This film highlights the campaign trail adventures of the “motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters” who supported Shirley Chisholm in her 1972 run for the presidency.

Thursday, September 20 – The Fire Next Time

This film “follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in a web of conflicts intensified by rapid growth and the power of talk radio.”

All Constitution Day activities are planned by the UL Lafayette American Democracy Committee. For more information contact Janet Frantz at frantz@louisiana.edu.

Document last revised Thursday, September 13, 2007 10:48 AM

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