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Wayne State College to Feature Constitution Day Presentations Sept. 14

Published: 9-7-2011 1:55 pm

Wayne State College will observe Constitution Day with a pair of public talks by John Carter of the Nebraska Historical Society on Sept. 14. The first presentation, "History and Biology", will be at 3:30 p.m. in room 131 of Connell Hall. The second, "We the People", will be at 7 p.m. in Gardner Hall auditorium.

"For many years I have thought that history is simply the study of the changing biological strategy of Homo sapiens," Carter said of "History and Biology". "I must say that this thought led to some animated conversations with both historians and life scientists. I will offer a couple of case studies for our consideration that center on Nebraska. If we are lucky, we will then have one of those animated conversations."

Carter describes "We the People" as "Simple words that everyone knows. Those simple words make a promise to each and every person. Well, maybe not quite every person. For generations we have struggled with just who 'We' is. Even before the establishment of the Nebraska Territory this place has been at the center of some truly important battles in defining the 'We.' It is a story with many surprising and important moments, moments worthy of our attention as we ask that question, Who are 'We?'"

Carter has told Nebraska's stories for more than 30 years. He has published two books, Solomon D. Butcher: Photographing the American Dream and Eyewitness at Wounded Knee. He has also authored countless articles and essays for popular and scholarly audiences. He has appeared in more than two dozen state and national television documentaries, and was consultant and co-producer of the recent NET documentary, “Beef State,” an in-depth look at Nebraska's most important industry. Carter is a well-known speaker who blends history and humor to explore the amazing place that is Nebraska. You will find him at the Nebraska State Historical Society, where he has been longer than Strom Thurmond was in Congress, and is senior research folklorist and associate editor of Nebraska History magazine.

Educational institutions receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education are required by federal statute to implement an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day ("Constitution Day"). The day commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution.


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