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Constitution Day Forum at Hendrix College September 18

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.

About Hendrix College

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