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PLU’s Marks Constitution Day With Free Speech (and More)

September 11, 2014

PLU’s Marks Constitution Day With Free Speech (and More)

Keynote Speaker U.S. Rep. Denny Heck Headlines Sept. 23 Conversation About Democracy

By Sandy Deneau Dunham
PLU Marketing & Communication

Pacific Lutheran University will mark Constitution Day on Sept. 23 with a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck titled The U.S. Rep. Denny HeckConstitution is 227 Years Old … How is it Doing?

But first, to prepare you—and to mark the official Constitution Day—Lutes will hand out copies of America’s original document starting at noon Sept. 17 in Red Square. Pick up a copy, then prepare an informed question or two for some pretty serious governmental experts.

Heck (D-Wash.), who represents Washington’s 10th Congressional District (covering most of Pierce and Thurston counties and part of Mason County), will discuss what he’s observed about our government during his first term as a member of Congress.
Following his address, Heck will moderate a roundtable discussion among Washington Rep. David Sawyer (D-29th District) and PLU faculty members Kaitlyn Sill, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Mike Schleeter, Assistant Professor of Philosophy.

Panelists will share their perspectives on the strongest and weakest parts of the U.S. governmental system as designed under the Constitution—what is working, what is not working, whether it is working as intended—and then take questions from the audience.

The event will be Livestreamed at