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Oberlin College Celebrates Constitution Day

September 21, 2018

Communications Staff

seated in chairs, from left, Pat DeWine and Donica Varner
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine and Oberlin’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Donica Thomas Varner.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Constitution Day was observed on Monday, September 17, 2018 through a conversation between Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine and Oberlin’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary Donica Thomas Varner. 

In the discussion , the pair examined the existing pressures on the First Amendment in higher education and the ways the Constitution’s guarantee of free speech, assembly, and associational rights intersects with people’s rights to be free of unlawful harassment or discrimination.

In collaboration for the day, Oberlin College Libraries distributed nearly 700 copies of the Constitution to students. Additionally, President Carmen Twillie Ambar and members of faculty and staff read articles of the Constitution in celebration of the day. Watch them all .

Learn about the importance of Constitution Day and why being familiar with the document is useful for students in a variety of majors. 
Read the Constitution Day Q&A with Varner. 

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