BU observes Constitution Day with music and speeches

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania President Jessica Kozloff will join four other panelists to discuss “What Would the Founding Fathers Think? Contemporary Constitutional Issues” during BU’s observance of Constitution Day Thursday, Sept. 15.


Taking part in the 11:15 a.m. panel discussion with Kozloff are Paul Douglas Newman, associate professor of early American history at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and BU faculty members Neil Strine, associate professor of political science; Jeffrey Davis, associate professor of history; and Laura Davis, associate professor of finance and legal studies.


The U.S. Department of Education directs institutions that receive federal dollars to offer students instruction on Constitution Day, said James Brown, BU’s assistant dean of liberal arts. The day’s events include:


9:30 a.m.: Opening remarks and introductions

10 a.m.: State Sen. John Gordner

10:45 a.m.: John Latini, president of Democracy Matters

11:15 a.m.: Panel discussion: “What Would the Founding Fathers Think? Contemporary Constitutional Issues”

12:15 p.m.: Free pizza and music by local band League of Zeros

12:45 p.m.: Walter Brasch, mass communications professor and author of “America's Unpatriotic Acts”

1:30 p.m.: Student speakers

2 p.m.: Legal Studies Association

2:30 p.m.: Music by League of Zeros


A Constitution quiz game is planned and candidates for Bloomsburg Town Council have been invited to attend, Brown added. Constitution Day, organized at BU by the American Democracy Project, will mirror last year’s Vote Jam.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.