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BSC hosts Constitution Day event

Published: Sep 09 2015

A public Constitution Day event at Bismarck State College takes place Thursday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT in Basin Electric Auditorium of BSC's National Energy Center of Excellence.

BSC hosts live streaming of the presentation, "Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and the Constitution," from Dickinson with live and remote audience interaction with presenters.

Join in on campus, or by live stream at Refreshments will be served starting at 1:30 p.m. in the foyer.

Featured speakers are Kermit Roosevelt III, a constitutional lawyer and direct descendant of President Theodore Roosevelt, and Clay Jenkinson, a Jefferson and Roosevelt scholar and BSC distinguished scholar of humanities.

Jefferson believed that the government could only do those things specifically enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. Roosevelt believed he could do anything not specifically forbidden in the Constitution. Both had serious concerns about the power of the judiciary in American public life.

Much of the program will consist of an examination of Roosevelt and the Constitution - the movement toward what is sometimes called a unitary executive, his troubled relations with Congress, his extensive use of executive orders and presidential proclamations, the trajectory and evolution of TR's constitutional theories, and TR's more radical suggestions (after 1910) for judicial recall and judicial referendum.

The event is co-sponsored by the Dickinson State University League of Political Scientists and the Theodore Roosevelt Center, in cooperation with the North Dakota University System and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

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