September 6, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 6, 2013 — On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Drury will commemorate Constitution Day with a brown bag lunch event where a panel of Drury faculty and community members will discuss “Voting Rights and Constitutional Protections.” The event is from noon-12:50 p.m. in the Hoblit Suite of Freeman Hall. Cake will be served.
“The right to vote and hold office is one of the most fundamental rights guaranteed to Americans,” said Dr. Ted Vaggals, Drury political science professor. “The Constitution was written to protect this right and to ensure that the voice of all Americans is heard through the election process. This protection guarantees us the same set of rights and maintains the equal value of these rights. On Constitution Day, we should take a moment to reflect on how we can broaden participation in the election process, ensuring the strength of our democratic institutions.”
Besides Vaggalis, who will moderate the discussion, the panel will include:
- Dr. Elizabeth Paddock, political science professor
- Dr. Dan Ponder, political science professor
- Dr. Richard Schur, English professor
- Matthew Patterson, Drury alumnus and executive director of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition
Freeman Hall is located on the east side of the Drury campus at the corner of Summit and Webster Streets behind the Findlay Student Center.
Media Contact: Ted Vaggalis, Ph.D., Political Science Professor, Office: (417) 873-7379, Email: email@example.com