Friday, August 27, 2010

Clayton State Sets Schedule for Constitution Week

Constitution Week 2010 is Monday, Sept. 13 to Friday, Sept. 17, and Clayton State University, in the persons of its Civic Engagement Council is preparing for its annual observance.

Highlighting the week-long series of events will be the Wednesday, Sept. 15, keynote address by Eric Segall, professor of Law at Georgia State University, who will be speaking on “How the Supreme Court Decides Cases.” Segall’s address will be in room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center, and will run from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

As is always the case, Clayton State is making use of the resources of the nearby National Archives at Atlanta for Constitution Week. The National Archives will display documents related to the 14th Amendment from Tuesday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Sept. 17 on Main Street on the second floor of the Baker Center. Civic Engagement Council Chair Dr. Joseph Corrado notes that Clayton State professors are encouraged to take their classes to see this exhibit.

Also running throughout the week is another standard feature of Constitution Week at Clayton State, the voter registration drive. From Monday through Friday, voter registration and citizenship tests will be administered on Main Street in the Baker Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 13, will also have the First Amendment Lunch and Learn in Ballroom C of the Student Activities Center, starting at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Barbara Goodman, chair of the Clayton State Department of English, will be a part of the panel for this discussion.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 will have three Constitution Week events. The first is a Volunteer Fair in the Student Activities Center Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next is a constitutional debate, moderated by Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Alexander Hall and Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Felicia Stewart at the Amphitheatre by Swan Lake, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. The committee has come up with three provocative debate issues:

1) Should the 14th Amendment be repealed in order to stop children of illegal immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens?

2) Could Arizona’s bill 1070 be enforced without the use of racial profiling to determine who is suspected of not being a U.S. citizen?

3) Should 1st Amendment protections be abridged due to 9/11 sensitivities?

Finally, State Representative Mike Glanton will be speaking in a “Lead the Way” discussion in the Student Activities Center ballroom at 6 p.m.

The day following Segall’s keynote, the first “New York Times Talk” of the semester will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, in room 322 of the University Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Technology and Our Brains” will be facilitated by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Barbara Musolf. Lunch will be provided for free by the New York Times.

Also on Sept. 16, Clayton State Vice President of External Relations Robert L. “Steve” Stephens, a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, will give another Lead the Way Discussion in room 268 of the Baker Center, starting at 11:30 a.m.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Liberty Central Launches Online 'Get Your Liberty On' Video Contest

/PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing effort to renew and deepen appreciation of liberty in America, Liberty Central opened a video contest this week giving its 200,000 activists the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to join Liberty Central staff, including President and CEO, Ginni Thomas, at the 2nd Annual March on D.C. on September 9-12, 2010. Activists have until August 29, 2010 to submit a video no longer than 90 seconds that creatively portrays how they, along with family, friends, and colleagues, experience liberty in America or are expressing love for their liberty.

"We're getting our liberty on here at Liberty Central, and we're anticipating cool, creative videos from American citizens celebrating the joys of this important gift from our Founders," said Thomas.

Activists are encouraged to channel singer-songwriter Scott Leigh, who wrote and produced a song for Liberty Central entitled "Get Your Liberty On" to kick off the contest. Scott's video exemplifies why creative expression--one of the many blessings of liberty--is so important. Watch his video here:

Liberty Central lends several freedom-inspiring illustrations to help stir ideas, including a home video of a family's trip to our nation's historical sites, a concerned citizen at a town hall asking tough questions and demanding accountability from his representative, a new American citizen explaining her feeling of newfound liberty, and a testimonial from a military veteran about fighting for liberty. Liberty Central hopes that the contest will inspire activists to tenaciously defend this precious gift from our Founding Fathers, along with the principles of free enterprise, national security, limited government, and personal responsibility, at the 2010 March on D.C. events and beyond.

After the contest closes on August 29, the winner will be announced on September 2 via email and on The winner will receive a roundtrip ticket from his or her hometown to Washington, D.C., a hotel room for September 9-12, Patriot Passes to all March on D.C. events from Sept 9-12, including the Remember the Ladies Banquet (open to men and women), the Liberty XPO & Symposium and VIP reception, and $200 for purchasing food, tips, and other incidentals. He or she will also march with the Liberty Central staff down Constitution Avenue to VIP seats at the March on D.C. rally following a memorial ceremony on September 11. Videos must include the spoken or written phrase "Get Your Liberty On" and direct viewers to

Liberty Central, Inc. is a non-profit organization that equips citizen leaders to lobby for liberty.

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