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The University of Delaware History Club is pleased to announce the Second Annual Constitution Panel.

Please join us for a Conversation on the Past, Present & Future of the Constitution & Delaware featuring prominent faculty and policymakers in a riveting discussion on the policies of the past and the future. This event will hopefully ensure that students, faculty, staff, and community do not forget the lessons of history in solving the problems of today.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020


Live Via Zoom (register for link)

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask you to register here for the event so our panelists can prepare for your questions.

First Panel: Constitution & Civil Rights

This panel will be a discussion on the history of Reconstruction amendments as well as how they have evolved in a variety of constitutional and legislative advances since this defining period of American History.

Moderator: Professor Dael Norwood, History Club Faculty Advisor


  • Professor Alison Parker, History Department Chair
  • Professor John Martin, Political Science & International Relations
  • Professor Wayne Batchis, Legal Studies
Second Panel: Current State & Federal Implications

This panel will be a discussion surrounding the current issue areas of voting rights and criminal justice reform and how both the state and federal governments have addressed these vital issues in recent years.

Moderator: Professor Dael Norwood, History Club Faculty Advisor


  • Mike Brickner, Executive Director of ACLU-Delaware
  • Professor Theodore Davis, Political Science & International Relations
  • Professor Judith Ritter, Delaware Law School

Supporting College Offices: Departments of History, Political Science & International Relations, and Africana Studies; the Biden Institute and the Career Center

UDaily Article

UD senior and History Club president Justin Richards, who conceived of the panel discussion, noted this is largely the point of the Constitution Day event — to educate people on their rights so they can hold on to them in the future. It's an effort supported by UD’s Departments of History, Political Science and International Relations, Africana Studies, the Biden Institute and the Career Center.

“It is important to understand how current events, like criminal justice reform, relate to the Constitution,” he said. “In order to move forward, I’m a firm believer we need to remember where we came from. We need to learn from the past.”

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  • 46 W. Delaware Avenue
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2371