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Panel to Present Current Constitutional Issues at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE—As the Constitution is invoked in countless national debates, local residents can consider its contemporary influence at a panel discussion Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Isaacs Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Constitution in 2009: A View from the 'Fields,' " will feature five Susquehanna faculty members from different academic departments discussing Constitutional issues that affect their respective disciplines. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Panelists include moderator Michele DeMary, associate professor of political science, university pre-law adviser and coordinator of the legal studies interdisciplinary minor at Susquehanna; Jack Holt, professor of biology and coordinator of the university’s ecology major; Barbara McElroy, associate professor of accounting; Edward Slavishak, associate professor of history; and Erik Viker, associate professor of theatre.  

"People expect political scientists to talk about the Constitution,” said DeMary, “and I will speak to the role this document plays in shaping politics today, including issues as vital as health care reform and homeland security. What I'm really looking forward to is hearing what faculty in disciplines not usually associated with the Constitution—accounting, biology, history and theatre—have to say about the influence of the Constitution on their fields of study."

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu


Karen M. Jones

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