Annual Constitution Day Lecture to be given twice this year on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18.
The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies is pleased to announce that the ninth annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution will be given by Dr. Ray Smock, former Historian for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-1995 and director of the Byrd Center since 2002. Smock served as the chief historical consultant on the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA and has contributed to numerous publications and programs on and about the U.S. Constitution.
The lecture is titled “Our Elusive Constitution.” Despite the plain language of the Constitution reasonable people have disagreed over its interpretation for more than 200 years. Smock will provide a historical context to these debates and lay out the challenges facing the nation today as we struggle to make a document drafted in 1787 fit a vastly different nation and world in the 21st Century.
The Constitution Day lecture will be given twice this year, both times in the Byrd Center auditorium. The first time will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and the second time will be on Wednesday, September 18, at 12 Noon. The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium is located on the campus of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV. Admission is free and open to the public but due to limited space tickets will be required and collected at the door.
Persons interested in acquiring tickets for either date should call Mr. Jody Brumage at (304) 876-5702 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available at the Byrd Center located at 213 N. King St., Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Only 4 tickets may be acquired per person. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis.
Held each year at Shepherd University in conjunction with Constitution Day, The Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution is named for the late Tom E. Moses, long-time civil libertarian and defender of the Bill of Rights. Moses founded the Eastern Panhandle branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and served on the board of directors of the ACLU-WV. The Moses Memorial Lecture brings distinguished speakers to Shepherd University each September to discuss major issues related to the Constitution and civil liberties. The lecture series was established by Tom’s daughters, Lynn Moses Yellott, Merle Crawford, and Jeri Moses-Eichler.
U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd inaugurated the annual Constitution Day lecture series in 2005. Since then, subsequent lectures have attracted enthusiastic audiences and generated lively discussions. We expect this year’s event to be just as entertaining and informative.