ATLANTA—A noted national prognosticator of the presidential election and history lessons on the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (as the amendment’s passage marks its 100th anniversary), are among highlights of the 2020 national Constitution Day programs scheduled by Georgia State University Perimeter College, Sept. 15-17.
“Constitution Day marks the signing and adoption of the Constitution by the delegates meeting in Philadelphia in 1787,” said Barbara Robertson, Newton Campus senior lecturer of political science and history and coordinator of this year’s events. The Constitution then had to be ratified by the states. It did not go into effect till 1789.
“While state public universities and colleges receiving federal funding are required by federal law to observe Constitution Day, we see this as a great opportunity to enhance the civic education of our students,” she said.
Among the speakers is national presidential election forecaster Alan Abramowitz, the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University. Abramowitz’s election forecasts have correctly and precisely predicted the popular vote winner within 2 percentage points or less in every U.S. presidential election since 1988.
With the upcoming election in November, this year’s programming is particularly compelling and topical, notes Dr. Kari Miller, who, along with Tamra Ortgies-Young, will present “American Women’s Rights 1776-1920” on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
“The 2020 presidential election marks not only 100 years since the 19th Amendment passed, but also the historic nomination of (U.S. Sen.) Kamala Harris, the first woman of color officially nominated to a major party’s presidential ticket,” said Miller, who is an associate professor of English at Perimeter College. Ortgies-Young is an associate professor of political science at Perimeter.
While Sept. 17 actually marks Constitution Day, Perimeter College has virtual events planned Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Thursday, Sept. 17.
All Constitution Day events are open to the public and free. Access information is provided below.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m.
“American Women’s Rights 1776-1920,” a presentation by Tamra Ortgies-Young and Dr. Kari Miller, hosted by the Department of History, Political Science & African-American Studies at Georgia State University Perimeter College.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.
“Alan Abramowitz Virtual Election Forecasting,” host – Robert King, Georgia State University Perimeter College.
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Wednesday, Sept. 16, Noon-1 p.m.
“The 2020 Election: Races on the Ballot and Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election,” presented by Barbara Robertson, Georgia State University Perimeter College.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
“A Sankofa Moment: Reviewing a Century of the 19th Amendment,” presented by Dr. Lisa Shannon, Georgia State University (Host – Dr. Robert Woodrum, Georgia State University Perimeter College.)
Thursday, Sept. 17, 11:30 a.m.
“Amy Steigerwalt on Women in Politics, Women Voting,” (Host – Barbara Robertson, Georgia State University Perimeter College.)
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
“Protecting Democracy,” presented by David Daley of Fair Districts GA.
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For further information, contact Barbara Robertson at [email protected].