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Ohio Northern Presents Panel Discussion on Constitution

Sep 17, 2007
A three-member panel made up of ONU faculty and moderated by Scott Gerber, professor of law, will discuss the U.S. Constitution followed by a question and answer session. The event will be held on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Ohio Northern University's Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

Robert Manzer, dean of the Getty College of Arts and Science will talk about the Constitution's compromise with slavery. Questions he plans to consider are how should we think about this compromise? How should we think about compromising with evil? Should this compromise lead us not to revere the Constitution and it Founders?

Joanne Brant, professor of law, will talk about the recent Supreme Court decision in the student speech case, "Morse v. Frederick," also identified in the press as the "Bong Hits for Jesus" case.

The topic for JoAnn Scott, professor of political science, is "The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right or Myth?"

The panel discussion is held in accordance with a federal mandate passed in 2004, which stipulates that every school and college that receives federal money must teach about the Constitution on or near the date of Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted in 1787.

The program is free and open to the public.