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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will make a splash Sept. 17 with a series of events aimed at broadening understanding of and appreciation for the freedoms afforded by living in a democracy.

Constitution Day, which commemorates the day the U.S. Constitution was revealed to the American people in 1787, presents an opportunity for the University to educate the public about government, American ideals and how the Constitution has been interpreted throughout its history.

“I hope people will take away a better understanding of the Constitution as a vital part of what makes the United States what it is,” said David Siemers, associate political science professor and event chair. “At the very least, they should understand that fundamental rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and that we hold elections and make laws according to the Constitution’s stipulations.”

Three events comprise the University’s Constitution Day activities. There is no charge for admission.

  • Dunkapalooza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — A dunk tank will be set up in the Polk Library Mall. With each correctly answered question about the Constitution, members of the campus community have a chance to try to dunk an administrator, professor or student.
  • The Constitution, Cupcakes and Conversation, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Enjoy a patriotic cupcake while conversing with other students, staff and faculty. Pocket-sized Constitutions will be handed out.
  • “Free Speech on Campus: The Scope and Limits of a Constitutional Obligation, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — The public is invited to attend a presentation by Donald Downs, director of the Legal Studies Program and the Center for Law, Society and Justice at UW-Madison, in Room 202 of Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Blvd. This event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project at UW Oshkosh, the Political Science Student Association and the Office of the Provost.

The University will follow Constitution Day with a visit from Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who will present “Views from the Bench” from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Room 202 of Reeve Union.

For more information about Constitution Day or the American Democracy Project, visit