IF YOU GO
• Who: Bradley Birzer
• What: Constitution Day presentation titled "When St. Paul Met Aeneas in Philadelphia: The Classical and Christian Origins of the American Founding"
• When: 7:30 p.m. today
• Where: University Center, second floor
• Cost: Free and open to the public
• Sponsor: The Center for Reflective Citizenship, a unit of the UTC School of Education
• More information: Call 425-5206
ABOUT CONSTITUTION DAY
Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. It became a national observance when the late Sen. Robert Byrd passed a bill designating Sept. 17 as an annual day of remembrance and education about the U.S. Constitution.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP will commemorate Constitution Day with a presentation on "Ensuring the Essential Right to Vote" at 6 p.m. today at the Glenwood Recreational Center.
The presentation will be part of the chapter's general membership meeting.
A Hillsdale College professor of history will speak at UTC today about the Christian and Greco-Roman influences on the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
"This is an incredibly important topic in really understanding the political and cultural context of the American founding. And Bradley Birzer is passionate, engaging, and a great speaker," Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation professor and co-founder of the Center for Reflective Citizenship, said in a news release.
Birzer's presentation serves as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Constitution Day lecture.
America's founders "drew heavily from both the Christian and Greco-Roman cultural traditions in thinking about everything from the nature of human beings and what has worked effectively in the past politically," Ellington said in the release.
Birzer holds the Russel Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and is chairman of the board of academic advisers for the Center for the American Republic, according to the release from UTC. He is a senior scholar with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and is a fellow with the Mitch McConnell Center.
The lecture will be followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session.
This event will include pocket sized versions of the U.S. Constitution.