Brigham Young University has several activities planned to commemorate Constitution Day 2013.
• On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the campus community and the public are invited to learn about the passage of the 26th amendment, which gave youth the right to vote, and watch "Tellin' the World," a 1972 film that encouraged newly enfranchised youth to exercise their right to vote, at 5 p.m. in B192 Joseph F. Smith Fielding Building. Attendees can also find out about the impact of youth voting in recent elections and register to vote.
• Richard Beeman, the John Walsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak at the campus forum, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at byutv.org. Rebroadcast information can be found through byutv.org/schedule. Archived devotionals are available at speeches.byu.edu.
• That same day, at 5 p.m. in B192 Joseph F. Smith Building, Beeman will be featured during a discussion about his book, “Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution,” winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
Beeman has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for 43 years. He is a historian of the American Revolutionary Era and has written seven books and several dozen articles on aspects of America's political and constitutional history in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
He has served as chair of the department of History and as associate dean in Penn's School of Arts and Sciences, responsible for the university's Humanities and Social Sciences departments. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center and is chair of the Constitution Center's committee on programs, exhibits and education.
His teaching activities have ranged over numerous topics dealing with the history of the United States from the founding of the colonies up to the Civil War. His current teaching interests center on the period of the American Revolution and Constitution and on the history of the American presidency and American presidential elections.
Beeman has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Huntington Library. He has served as a Fulbright Professor in the United Kingdom and as a Vyvian Harmsworth Distinguished Professor of American History at Oxford University.
For more information, contact Susanne Olsen Roper, associate dean of the BYU College of Family, Home and Social Sciences, (801) 422-2058, Susanne_olsen_roper@byu.edu.