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Celebrating the US Constitution

The State University of New York is focusing on the importance of the federal observance of the adoption of the United States Constitution by highlighting the many system-wide events planned throughout the state. The activities are aimed on promoting broader civic engagement through public deliberations.

SUNY Orange is participating in this programming, which is free and open to the public, on both campuses on Monday, Sept. 18.

Entitled Celebrating the US Constitution: Deliberative Democracy in Action: the Electoral College, the two sessions are meant to engage attendees in deliberative dialogues.  Global Studies professor Gregory Geddes, PhD, will introduce the concept of the program and give a briefing on the topic, the Electoral College. Then, attendees will participate in deliberative discussions with the guidance of several faculty members. US Constitution booklets will be available. These sessions will be held at 10 a.m. in the Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130, Middletown campus, and at 1 p.m. in the OCTC Great Room 101, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh campus.

In addition, the Center for Student Involvement will have US Constitution displays in several locations on both campuses.

Also, in continuing with the annual Constitution lectures, Global Studies professor Michael B. McCoy, MA, has researched and prepared a new lecture: "The Making of a Working People’s Constitution:  An Unfinished Project" that he will present on both campuses with Q & A. The sessions are open to the public with free admission. The will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in The Gilman Center for International Education, Library Room 130, Middletown campus, and on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the OCTC Great Room 101, Kaplan Hall, Newburgh campus.

These events have been planned as a joint presentation of Global Studies and Cultural Affairs. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at or (845) 341-4891 and check out website

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs