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Renowned Political Scientist to Keynote Constitution Day Event Sept. 16

Date: 09-06-2013

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Alan Gibson, Professor
Political Science

A nationally recognized expert in American politics will address students and others at California State University, Chico during an event observing Constitution Day on Sept. 16.

Calvin Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University and author of several books on American government, will speak on “The Constitution and the American Dream.” The free event will begin at 4 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theater, Performing Arts Center (PAC) 144, and is open to the public.

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is widely observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Although he has written extensively on U.S. and Texas politics, Jillson is perhaps best known for his book, “Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries.” He is also the author of several government texts about the origins of American legislatures and the health and performances of contemporary American political institutions. He is often called upon by reporters for his observations and insights and is a former member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

“Calvin Jillson is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Constitutional Convention and American political thought,” said Alan Gibson, CSU, Chico political science professor. “He explains better than anyone before or since how the Constitution took shape over four months of heated debates and hard-earned compromises.

“Jillson’s presentation should be keenly interesting for students, staff, faculty and members of the community,” Gibson added. “He will provide an historical overview of Americans’ understanding of the American dream, including its origins and transformations, and his recommendations for keeping it alive in the 21st century. He will help us to think about the Constitution, the economy and the nation’s future at this pivotal time in American history.”

The Constitution Day event is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

For more information on the event, contact Gibson at 530-898-4952 or Diana Dwyre, political science coordinator, at 530-898-5734.