Panel, Sept. 15: Originalism and Textualism in the Constitution

In honor of Constitution Day*, the Cal Poly Humboldt History Department invites the campus community to a panel discussion on:

"Originalism and Textualism in the Constitution: Issues from the Past Confronting (Confounding?) the Present"

Time: September 15, 2023, 5-7 p.m.

Place: Founders Hall 163

What issues agonized the Constitution’s authors so much that they spent four months in the sweltering Philadelphia summer arguing? What were the solutions that these eighteenth-century men came up with? How have their words—written or otherwise—affected our world today, and how are we interpreting them? Can you pass the United States’ civics test for naturalization? Join the Cal Poly Humboldt History and Politics departments as we investigate and discuss these and other issues in the spirit of the Convention of 1787! Professor Paul Geck (History) will provide context surrounding the Constitutional Convention and pressing concerns that hounded the Framers at the time. Dr. Joice Chang (Politics) will cover modern interpretations of the Constitution on the original intent of the language (text) of our nation’s governing document. Light refreshments and snacks provided.

Free and open to the public. Questions? Contact

*Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.