Wilkes University


Wilkes to Observe Constitution Day

Wilkes University will observe Constitution Day on Tuesday, Sept. 17, with a lecture exploring how the American Revolution shaped the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. John Hepp, professor of history at Wilkes, will speak on this topic at 11 a.m. in Room 107 of Breiseth Hall.

Hepp is a cultural historian with expertise in legal history. His J.D. is from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. was granted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His current research project looks at the development of international law from 1750 to 1950 from both cultural and intellectual history perspectives. He looks forward to applying these same tools to the U.S. Constitution as he believes the only way to truly understand the issues of the present is through a historical perspective.

This program is jointly sponsored by the political science and history departments and the pre-law program of Wilkes University. All are welcome and no admission will be charged.

Constitution Day is a federal observance that commemorates the implementation of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1786. It was this day that representatives from the Constitutional Convention, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, signed the document in Philadelphia.

For more information on the lecture, contact Andy Miller of the political science department at andrew.miller1@wilkes.edu or John Hepp of the history department at john.hepp@wilkes.edu.