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CCC Marking Constitution Day with Free Talk on Amendments


At approximately 4,500 words and drafted in less than 100 working days, the United States Constitution is among the shortest written constitutions of any major government in the world. Since its creation, 27 Amendments have been added.

Camden County College's Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility will explore how these changes came to be made with the free, public lecture "There Ought to be a Constitutional Amendment…." from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17. This date is the nationally celebrated Constitution Day.

Camden County College Professor Kelly Jackson will explain what it takes to amend the Constitution, provide a little history of the 27 Amendments and clarify why changes to the document are so rare. For example, recent proposed amendments that weren't approved by Congress have addressed such issues as balancing the budget, school prayer and same-sex marriage.

The event will take place in the Forum of the Connector Building, which is located on CCC's Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. Admission is free, but registration is recommended.

Camden County College created the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility, headed by Professor John L. Pesda, in 2007. It offers public programs to the community with a goal of creating an informed citizenry through exploration of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and issues critical to a democratic society.

For further details or to register to attend, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or Information about upcoming events is available by following @CenterForCivic on Twitter.

Published: September 16, 2013