Constitution Day

Commemorating the U.S. Constitution

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the Constitution. In 2004, Congress enacted a law setting September 17 as the official federal observance of “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day”, commonly known as Constitution Day. The act mandates that all publicly-funded educational institutions and all federal agencies provide educational programming on the Constitution. In 2005, the Department of Education announced that this law applies to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.

A UM education has the ability to transform the lives of our students and empower them to create substantive and positive impact in our state, our nation, and the world. We are proud to offer Constitution Day programming in support of students across Montana.

Join the University of Montana for these events celebrating Constitution Day:

Statewide Video Conference: Citizenship and the Constitution, Then and Now

 Headshot of Anthony Johnstone

Featuring UM Law Professor Anthony Johnstone

10:15–11:00 a.m., September 17, 2019

Zoom Link

This program link will be live on September 17

Join us for an interactive session on citizenship designed for high school audiences in celebration of Constitution Day, broadcast live from Missoula's Big Sky High School. In collaboration with the Montana Office of Public Instruction, UM Professor Anthony Johnstone will speak for 25 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions from across the state. Watch live or download the recording to view at a later time.

Citizenship and the Constitution, Then and Now

What does citizenship mean under the constitution? How has that changed over time? What constitutional rights, if any, do non-citizens, here and abroad, enjoy? What does the Constitution mean for members of Indian tribes?


For more information, to sign up, or get a copy of the recorded program, contact Mansfield Center Executive Director, Deena Mansour at deena.mansour@umontana.edu.

For more information on professor Johnstone, please click here.

The Mansfield Dialogues:  Featuring Baucus Leaders Reflecting on Democracy in Action

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12:00-12:50 p.m., September 17, 2019

Mansfield Library, Level 4, Theta Rho Room

Join Baucus Leaders Forrest Graves, Kayla Irish, Ethan Charles Holmes, Daniel Parsons, and Erika Byrne in a celebration of Constitution Day. Chosen by the Max Baucus Institute to pursue experiential learning in Washington, DC, these UM students will reflect on their recent internships as they experienced democracy in action. 

The Max Baucus Institute supported the travel of ten students to Washington, D.C. last summer to serve as interns in Congress and the executive branch in order to explore public service firsthand.  The Mansfield Dialogues bring community and international experts to local audiences to discuss critical issues in ethics in public affairs and international engagement.  The Baucus and Mansfield programs are honored to collaborate in recognition of their shared mission of community engagement in the names of two of Montana’s greatest statesmen.

We are pleased to provide this program in support of Constitution Day.  Daniel Parsons, a senior studying economics and political science at the University of Montana, interned for Senator Tester, where he worked on policies pertaining to agriculture, commerce, and trade. Forrest Graves, a second-year law student at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, interned with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, working primarily with Ranking Member Ron Wyden's Health and Human Services policy team. Kayla Irish, a Political Science and History major, served in the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, focusing on international trade policy as well as agriculture and the environment. Ethan Charles Holmes, a senior majoring in Russian and Political Science, spent his summer as an intern and staff assistant for Senator Steve Daines in his Washington DC office. Finally, Erika Byrne, a junior Political Science major with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics, interned for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

For more information about the Mansfield Dialogues or to see the full program schedule, please visit the Mansfield Dialogues page.