Pellissippi State uses Constitution Day to teach students their rights

As U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process continues in Washington, D.C., Pellissippi State Community College is using its annual Constitution Day event to help teach students about their rights.

Constitution Day, scheduled for 1-1:50 p.m. Sept. 17, will feature Prof. Akram Faizer of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. Faizer writes prolifically about constitutional law with an emphasis on the difficulties related to integrating historically marginalized groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities, migrants, gender minorities and the poor.

Faizer will speak on “The U.S. Constitution: Key Provisions” in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

“We know students have questions about their rights, the Supreme Court and if their rights are in jeopardy,” said Drema Bowers, director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “Students are asking, ‘Could we be stripped of some of our rights as the makeup of the Supreme Court changes?’”

The goal of Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, is to help students learn how to become civically engaged.

“Pellissippi State does a good job getting students registered to vote; now we need to get them out to vote,” said Sandra Davis of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “Students also can work elections, and they need to know that, too.”

Constitution Day will be a success, Bowers added, if it makes students question what it means to be involved civically on the local, state and federal levels.

“If they come away with more questions than answers, that’s a good thing,” she said.

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