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Constitution Day is a federally observed holiday recognized annually on September 17th. In 2020, this day takes on a special significance as we prepare for the 2020 U.S. general election, the outcome of which will affect developments in our country over the course of the next four years. Though the constitution was signed way back in 1787, the document still affects the creation of, establishment of, and debate over laws and policies today.
In an election year, we are reminded of issues that remain unclear or unjust in the constitution, and much of these issues stem from two main thoughts about interpreting the constitution: should the constitution be taken at face value, or should it be seen as a living document and subject to change? Amendments passed throughout the country's history have acknowledged changing attitudes and values in American culture, but contemporary debates bring to light the complexities associated with what the U.S. constitution says and means.
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Additionally, this election year highlights themes of civic engagement and getting involved in your community, an integral part of service-learning and community engagement programs. Think of voting sites and election commissions; booths and city council meetings; service-learning is an important compliment to the democratic process in the United States. In this display, check out reads about the constitution and the ways we carry out democracy in our communities.
Interested in learning more about service-learning in general and at UNO? Visit our Service Learning and Community Engagement collection and see these helpful links below:
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