We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Citizens across the nation recognize September 17 as Constitution Day. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USI encourages you to celebrate virtually by exploring these sites.
Watch a reading of the United States Constitution by Members of the 113th Congress (January 15, 2013)
Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives through the Interactive Constitution at the National Constitution Center.
Listen to the School House Rock! version of The Preamble.
View George Washington's annotated copy of a draft of the U.S. Constitution.
Meet the Framers of the Constitution courtesy of the National Archives.
Read this History.com article about the drafting of the Bill of Rights.
Listen to the We the People podcast "Founding Stories of America's Founding Documents."
Read an article about Women and the Constitution by the National Constitution Center.
Listen to Hamilton Animatic sing "Nonstop" from the popular musical Hamilton.
Join the National Constitution Center at 11 a.m. Central Time on September 17 in a special Student Town Hall with U.S. Supreme Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Justice Gorsuch will speak about his career, the role of the judicial branch, and what it’s like to sit on the Supreme Court. National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will moderate the discussion. Register at this link.
Watch a special tribute to the 2020 winner of the Liberty Medal, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The tribute airs live at 5:30 p.m. Central Time on September 17; a recording of the event will be posted to the same site after this event.
The University's public reading of the U.S. Constitution will return on September 17, 2021.
The event is part of the University Core Curriculum Speaker Series. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Hallock Morris, director of the University Core Curriculum, at 812-461-5207.