West Virginia State University to Host Constitution Day Lecture Wednesday, Sept. 17

9/11/2014
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Sept. 11, 2014
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West Virginia State University to Host Constitution Day Lecture Wednesday, Sept. 17

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State University (WVSU) will host a Constitution Day lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Ann Brothers Smith Conference Room located within the new Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall.

Peter Aeschbacher, an associate professor of landscape architecture and architecture at Penn State University, will discuss how a person’s sense of place affects their actions and interactions with others. The event is free and open to the public.

Aeschbacher has worked with his students to design and build objects for public spaces which engage students in thinking and expressing their thoughts about constitutional issues.

Trained as an architect, urban planner and graphic designer, Aeschbacher has extensive national and international experience in design and community development. He has worked with arts-based non-profit organizations, undertaken numerous community revitalization and affordable housing projects and been an activist and advocate for social and environmental issues. He has also worked closely with underserved communities and marginal populations, including community-based projects involving at-risk youth in Los Angeles.

Aeschbacher’s program is expected to run approximately 50 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.  

Wednesday’s program will serve as WVSU’s Constitution Day program, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

In 2004 U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, the long-serving senator from West Virginia, authored legislation designating Sept. 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
 
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