Auburn University at Montgomery to host Constitution Day Conference Sept. 17 | AUM

Auburn University at Montgomery to host Constitution Day Conference Sept. 17

In observance of Constitution Day, political science scholars will converge at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Tuesday, Sept. 17 for a conference on American law and political institutions.

AUM’s Constitution Day Conference will feature talks from AUM political science faculty and invited faculty panelists from Auburn University, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. Organized by AUM’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the conference’s theme is “American Law and Courts.”

“The Constitution is fundamental to the rule of law in the United States,” said AUM Professor of Political Science Andrew Cortell, who is head of the department. “Learning about the constitution helps us to understand the political systems that govern us.”

Faculty scholars will present their research in the fields of American law and political institutions. The conference’s first panel session titled: "Diversity, Consensus, and Decision Making: Evidence from the U.S. Courts of Appeals" will begin at 11 a.m. in the West room of AUM’s Ida Belle Young Library Tower following a 10:30 a.m. welcome and coffee social. All events are free to AUM students, faculty and staff and open to the public.

“David Hughes, assistant professor of political science at AUM, is an expert in the area of American law and courts and has invited scholars to come to Auburn University at Montgomery to present new research in this area,” Cortell said. “Attendees should leave this conference with a richer understanding of both our constitutional democracy and the kinds of research in which political scientists frequently engage.”

This year’s Constitution Day commemorates the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. In honor of the federal holiday, AUM and all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.

For more information about AUM’s Constitution Day Conference, contact David Hughes, assistant professor of political science, at david.hughes@aum.edu or (334) 244-3594. For the conference’s full schedule of events, visit aum.edu/constitutionday.

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