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William Robison to present Southeastern Constitution Day Lecture

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of History and Political Science will celebrate Constitution Day, Friday, Sept. 17, with a lecture by Department Head William Robison.
     Scheduled for 11 a.m. in Southeastern’s Student Union Theatre, the lecture is free and open to the public.  
     A member of the Southeastern History and Political Science faculty since 1983 and department head since 1999, Robison will discuss “The English Bill of Rights and the American Constitution.”
     Robison said the English Bill of Rights of 1689 is one of the fundamental documents guaranteeing British liberty and an important milestone on the road to democracy in the United Kingdom. Since most American colonists at the time of the American Revolution were of British extraction, it also had a profound influence on American ideas about liberty.
     “When the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776, many of the 13 new states promulgated state constitutions that included bills or declarations of rights,” Robison said. “Many items in the state bills of rights came directly from the English Bill of Rights. In turn, many of the provisions in state bills of rights later appeared in the United States Constitution adopted in 1787 or in the American Bill of Rights, which provided its first 10 amendments in 1791.”
     Robison will also give an encore lecture on Sept. 21 at the Christwood Retirement Community, 100 Christwood Boulevard in Covington, at 4 p.m. as part of the Christwood Arts and Lectures Series.
     For more information about the lecture, contact Robison at (985) 549-2109.

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