News Release

Constitution Day lecture by Dr. Robert Bartels at Evangel University

September 12, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon


Exploring changes in the Presidential selection process

Dr. Robert Bartels, associate professor of government, will host Constitution Day observances during his government class on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held in room 105 of Zimmerman Hall, which faces Glenstone Ave.

The topic this year is The Constitution, The Presidency and Andrew Jackson.

“The lecture will cover the origins of the Presidency as the Founders imagined it, before it was included in the Constitution,” said Bartels.

“We will also look at how the process of Presidential selection has changed over time; and we’ll see how the power of the office has been altered by its various occupants, especially by an early occupant, Andrew Jackson.”

The lecture will take some time to consider Jackson, an American War Hero, whose combative nature laid the foundation for the contentious political parties that we still experience today.

Constitution Day history

Constitution Day recognizes of the formation and signing of the constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, as well as American citizenship.

The commemoration began in 1940, but was not recognized on Sept. 17 until 1952, according to the Library of Congress. In 2004, requirements were added so that any federally funded educational institution must hold an informative program for students.

The Government Program at Evangel is designed to be relevant to current societal needs. A student who pursues a Government degree can concentrate studies in PreLaw, Public Administration and International Studies.

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