Constitution Week to feature modern issues


Spokespeople from the Barack Obama and John McCain presidential campaigns will speak during NAU’s U.S. Constitution Week celebration at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 17, in Prochnow Auditorium.

“Representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns will discuss issues that are likely to come before the Supreme Court and the type of judges that each would nominate, if elected,” said¬†Blase Scarnati, an associate professor in the School of Music and director of the university’s First Year Seminar Program, who helped organize the event.

Matt Capalby will speak for the Obama campaign and Rosa Dierks will speak for the McCain campaign.¬†Fred Solop, chair of NAU’s Department of Politics and International Affairs, will moderate the discussion, which will include 20-minute presentations from each representative followed with a question-and-answer session with the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

The Constitution was signed on Sept.17, 1787. In 2005, higher education institutions began receiving federal funds from the Department of Education to implement an educational program on Sept. 17 that relates to the U.S. Constitution.