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Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. George Washington will celebrate the day with several activities.
- Free copies of the Constitution will be available for all GW students, faculty and staff on the Marvin Center's H Street Terrace. For more information about Constitution Day, please visit http://www.constitutionday.com/.
- GW, the Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities will observe Constitution Day, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, with a viewing of the panel discussion, "Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day," at 1:30 pm in Phillips Hall, Room 328. After the viewing, Cynthia Harrison, associate professor of history, women's studies, and public policy, and Tom Long, assistant professor of history, will lead a conversation on the Emancipation Proclamation. To RSVP, please contact Evelyn Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information about "Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day."
- The GW Libraries will also celebrate Constitution Day in conjunction with the start of Banned Books Week with a Banned Books Exhibit until Oct. 1 in Gelman and Eckles Libraries. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, is typically held during September, and highlights the value of free and open access to information. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.