Cal U marks Constitution Day with free programs

Steven V. Russell

Steven V. Russell

California University of Pennsylvania will mark Constitution Day Sept. 17 with two back-to-back sessions exploring ethics in government.

Dr. Ambrus Price, the newest member of Cal U’s Department of History and Political Science, will join veteran faculty members Dr. Melanie Blumberg and Dr. Emily Sweitzer for the free presentations at 10 and 11 a.m. in Duda Hall, Room 303, on the campus in California, Pa. The public may attend.

Special guest is Stephen V. Russell, an educator and historian of political, Hollywood and sports culture. Russell has been a consultant to ESPN SportCentury, Turner Classic Movies, Peter Jones Productions for the A&E television network, and Hofstra University’s nationally known presidential conferences.

A former teacher, principal and school superintendent, Russell has presented workshops on ethics and citizenship and the art of presidential rhetoric.
Blumberg’s talk is titled “Forgiving Voters: Prudent, Tolerant or Oblivious?” Price will discuss “The Crime of Being a Public Official,” and Russell will present “Presidential Rhetoric at Its Zenith and Nadir in Shaping Ethics in Government.” Sweitzer’s topic is “Ethics on Demand.”

Moderator will be Dr. Gary DeLorenzo, of the Department of Math, Computer Science and Information Systems.

An annual event mandated at all schools that receive federal funds, Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Cal U welcomes community members to its free Constitution Day programs. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

This year’s Constitution Day program at Cal U is presented by the campus chapter of the American Democracy Project, the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of History and Political Science at California University of Pennsylvania.

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