Published on September 16, 2021  


Each year on Sept. 17, the United States recognizes Constitution Day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

To honor this year’s Constitution Day, Samford University will hold various events on Sept. 17 and throughout the fall. Below is a list of planned events on campus:

Constitution Day Event at Cumberland School of Law

Cumberland School of Law’s chapters of the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society are co-hosting a panel discussion with Professors William Ross and David Smolin. They will discuss "Constitutional Issues Before the U.S. Supreme Court" and answer any questions on the topic. The session will also address the issue of "Court Packing" and recent efforts to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations. The event will be held in person and via Zoom. Alumni are invited to join the discussion via Zoom.

When: Friday, Sept. 17, 10-11 a.m.

Where: Robinson Hall, Room 120

Zoom link

Guest Lecture: Can Government Legislate Religion?

James R. Stoner, Jr., the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science at Louisiana State University, and the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism, will present the lecture "Can Government Legislate Religion?" during Samford's observance of Constitution Day, October 18, at 6 p.m. in Cooney Hall 400 (Regions Room). 

When: Monday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.

Where: Cooney Hall, Room 400 (Regions Room)

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