Purdue University Calumet is hosting a Constitution Week forum, “Race, the Constitution, and Election 2012,” at noon, Thursday (9/20) in Lawshe Hall, Room 131.
The forum, hosted by the university’s Department of History and Political Science, will address two topics in relation to the Constitution. The first, presented by Assistant Professor of History Wendy St. Jean, will focus on slavery in the original writing of the document.
“I will address the debate over whether in its original form the Constitution was pro-slavery or uncommitted about the future of slavery in America,” St. Jean said. “I also will discuss some of the pressures on founders at the Constitutional Convention to yield to southern demands for concessions regarding the protection of slavery.”
The second discussion, led by Assistant Professor of Political Science April K. Clark, will relate to the 2012 elections, specifically, recent, controversial voter identification laws. Clark will offer perspectives on how these laws might affect voter Election Day decisions and turnout. .