For UNM students, staff and faculty who missed Civics class in high school - or just need a brush up on the history and importance of the U.S. Constitution - visit the Student Union Building Mirage Thunderbird room on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 3 - 4 p.m. when UNM celebrates "Constitution Day" with Political Science Professor Peter Kierst presenting on constitutional law and theory. The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Attendees will also receive a free pocket copy of the Constitution.

This year's event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences. In even years, it is sponsored by the School of Law.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the final draft of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In 2004, the federal government designated that any public education institution receiving federal money must celebrate Sept. 17 at "Constitution Day." Since then, UNM has celebrated the day by holding a seminar to educate members of teh UNM and broader community about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in their lives.