SPRINGFIELD, MO — Most people recognize the following sentence:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
It’s the first 52 words of the United State Constitution, but what about the other 4,491 words in the document that is the foundation for the United States’ democracy? Ozarks Technical Community College will host a Constitution Day panel on Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Hall, Room 211 at the OTC Springfield Campus. At the panel discussion, OTC history and political science instructors will engage in a robust discussion about the history of the Constitution, how it has evolved over time and entertain questions from the audience.
“We hope to show attendees a side of this document that they haven’t previously seen,” said Andrew Crocker, OTC political science instructor.
Besides Crocker, who will moderate the discussion, panelists include:
Jennifer Bump, OTC history instructor
Greg French, OTC history instructor
Bill Prince, OTC political science instructor
Rose Barber, OTC political science instructor
This is a completely open forum and anyone is welcome to attend.
Constitution Day is actually Sept. 17, which falls on a Sunday this year, and it commemorates the signing of the Constitution in 1787.
Mark Miller, College Director of Communications • 417-447-2655 • 417-839-2886 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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