CONWAY, Ark. (September 14,
2017) – To commemorate Constitution Day, which is Sunday, September 17, Hendrix
College will host a Constitution Day Forum on Monday, September 18, at 4:10
p.m. in the Learning Commons of Bailey Library.
The forum will center on the
upcoming Supreme Court case Masterpiece
Cakeshop v. Civil Rights Commission, the Colorado case examining whether a
bakery can be required by a state government to provide services to same-sex
couples. The forum is co-sponsored by the Bailey Library at Hendrix, Project
Pericles, and the Pre-Law Society. Jay Barth, M.E. and Ima Graves Peace
Distinguished Professor of Politics, will facilitate the discussion of this
case and its potential ramifications for religious liberty and LGBTQ rights in
the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Libraries are the
foundation of democratic ideals, so where better to celebrate Constitution Day
than discussing civil liberties and how First Amendment rights apply to
segments of our population?” said Professor Britt Murphy, director of Bailey
Library. “Now more than ever, the American Constitution is put to the test on
several important issues, and both religious liberty and LGBTQ rights are on
the minds of many students today. I can think of no more informed individual to
lead the conversation than Jay Barth, who is at the forefront of teaching
students about the American political system.”
In addition to the forum, the
library will have a week-long display highlighting its resources relating to
the Constitution, as well as some facts, games, and quizzes for patrons to try.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.