UAFS Slates Constitution Week Events

constitution weekThe University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has slated a schedule of events from Sept. 18-22 in recognition of Constitution Week, featuring lectures by UAFS professors, a constitutional quiz bowl, and a demonstration of a voting machine.


All events will be held at the fireplace of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.


Scheduled events are:


Monday, Sept. 18

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: A demonstration of a voting machine and how it works, as well as a voter registration drive by the Sebastian County Clerk’s Office.
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Presentation by the UAFS ROTC program on the importance of defending the U.S. Constitution.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Presentation by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrating the U.S. Constitution.


Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Public lecture, “The 1787 Constitutional Convention and the Ratification Debate,” by Dr. Scott Cashion, visiting assistant professor of history.


Wednesday, Sept. 20

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Constitutional Quiz Bowl, hosted by Dr. Lee Krehbiel, vice chancellor for student affairs.


Thursday, Sept. 21

  • 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Public lecture, “Is the U.S. Constitution a Living Document?” by Dr. Eric Baker, assistant professor of political science.
  • 2-3 p.m.: Public lecture, “Reacting to the 1787 Constitutional Convention” by Dr. Todd Timmons, professor of history.


Friday, Sept. 22

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Public lecture, “The Power of Judicial Review,” by Dr. Farreol Hansen, political science adjunct faculty member.


Additionally, UAFS students and employees – including Chancellor Paul B. Beran – will read a children’s book to students in local elementary schools on the story of the Constitution’s creation.


For more information, contact Dr. Williams Yamkam, assistant professor of political science and chair of the American Democracy Project at UAFS, at 479-788-7981 or


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Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
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Monday, September 11, 2017
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