Citizenship & Constitution Day Archive

Civic Festival 2017

Date: September 14, 2017

The Center for the Study of Citizenship hosted the third annual Civic Festival and Constitution Day on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the Fountain Court at Wayne State University. The festival celebrates the signing of the US Constitution in 1787, and civic engagement.

The theme year was Violence in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprising. Through music, DJ Peter Croce used sound to explore what it means to be a human being and a citizen in the 21st Century. The Henry Ford brought artifacts and its curators were there to answer questions and to discuss the significance of the artifacts. 

Civic Festival 2016

Date: September 17, 2016

Civic Festival 2015

Date: September 17, 2015

Citizenship and Civic Engagement in U.S. Higher Education

Date: September 17, 2013, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Center's Director, Marc Kruman led a discussion with students regarding the benefits of a more civic-minded approach to  education with more service learning courses incorporated into the curriculum

Citizens United and its Impact on American Politics

Date: September 19, 2012, 7-9 pm

Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press, moderates a panel session on the Impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court Decision in asking "Is Democracy teetering on a brink in the United States?" and "Can government by the people survive unlimited campaign contributions?"

Panelists: Former US Congressman Joe Schwarz, Cynthia J. Pasky (founder and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions), Harold Beznos (President, Beztak Properties), and Jocelyn Benson (Associate Professor, Wayne State University Law School).

Cultural Anxiety, Collective Identity: Muslims and Citizenship in the United States and Western Europe

Date: September 13, 2011, 7-9 pm

Scholar and commentator Saeed A. Khan delivered the annual lecture by assessing the pressures that constrain the full expression of citizenship for Muslims in a post-9/11 world.

Are Corporations Citizens?: Citizens United and the Future of American Democracy

Date: September 16, 2010, 7-9 pm

Moderator: Linda McKissack Beale, Wayne State University

Panelists: Steven L. Winter, Wayne State University Law School and Juliette Okotie Eboh, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, MGM Grand Detroit.

Lincoln, Obama and the State of the American Union

Date: September 17, 2009, 10 am - Noon

Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign on the steps of the building where Abraham Lincoln gave his "House Divided" speech, and he has written that he turns to Lincoln as his example of how to combine practicality and principle. The careers, substantive commitments, and political styles of the two men are indeed eerily similar in many respects.

Seaborne Citizens: What 10,000 Captive Sailors Taught America About Its Revolution

Date: September 17, 2008, 10 am - Noon

The British Royal Navy impressed (or forced) approximately 10,000 American sailors to serve in its vessels between 1793 and 1812. Scholars have long considered British Naval impressment a leading cause of the War of 1812, but few have explored how the practice permanently altered notions of American citizenship. 

Detaining them Beyond Our Boundaries: "Enemy Combatants" and the Quest for a Law-Free Zone

Date: September 17, 2007, 10 am - Noon

This event commemorates Citizenship & Constitution Day, a federal holiday which focuses on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens both native-born and naturalized, and commemorates the events of September 17, 1787 when the United States Constitution was signed by delegates from 12 states at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Race, Citizenship, and the Constitution: Beyond Black and White

Date: September 13, 2006, 10 am - Noon

On September 13, Frank H. Wu, Dean of the Wayne State University Law School, gave the keynote address at our first annual Citizenship & Constitution Day lecture. Dean Wu's talk was entitled "Race, Citizenship, and the Constitution: Beyond Black and White."








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