Purdue University North Central will observe Constitution Day on Thursday, Sept. 17 with a free showing of the HBO production of “John Adams” from 11 am to 1 pm in the Library-Student-Faculty Building Room 170A.
The public is invited to attend. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one from the PNC cafeteria. Room 170A is located adjacent to the cafeteria. Directions to PNC and a campus map can be found at http://www.pnc.edu/maps.
“John Adams” chronicles most of U.S. President John Adams’ political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Adams was elected second president from 1797 to 1801 and was a member of the Federalist Party. His vice president was Thomas Jefferson. While he was born in the American colonies, he grew up as a subject of Great Britain. In the 1760s, soon after he had finished his legal studies, a series of political events forced him to question Britain’s rule and to reconsider the rights of American colonists. One of his first political acts was writing a document that became known as the Braintree Instructions, attacking the Stamp Act for taxing colonists without giving them political representation in Parliament. Forty other towns adopted the document. The Stamp Act was repealed in 1766.
As a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress, Adams wrote a “Declaration of Rights and Grievances” addressed to King George III. During a subsequent meeting of the Second Continental Congress in 1775, Adams seconded Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence. He stated that he was determined to “swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country. . .”
Also on Constitution Day, students in a class taught by Dr. Michael Connolly, associate professor of History, will participate in a role-immersion game based on the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention called “Reacting to the Past” (RTTP).
The game requires students to adopt the personas of delegates to the Convention and attempt to create an American Constitution, as did the Founders in the summer of 1787. RTTP deeply immerses students in original sources as well as the specific biographical profiles of their character, and requires them to engage in an empathetic, imaginative study of the past.
This also draws upon students’ competitive natures and the urge to win to stimulate active engagement with the material. The RTTP method of teaching is used on more than 300 campuses nationwide and was originated by Dr. Mark Carnes of Columbia University.
Further information about PNC Constitution Day activities can be obtained by contacting Connolly at 219-785-5618 or email@example.com by visiting www.pnc.edu. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Connolly.