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Ivy Tech celebrates Constitution Day

September 17, 2010

Bloomington, Ind. Ivy Tech-Bloomington will commemorate Constitution Day on Friday, September 17 by featuring two speakers in Lamkin Hall on the main campus from 11:00 a.m. - noon. There will be a short question & answer opportunity following the speakers.

Dr. Daniel Conkle, Indiana University School of Law Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies, will speak on the constitution with a focus on religious rights. Dr. Alex Garman, Ivy Tech Bloomington’s new Associate Professor of History, will present a talk on the importance of the amendments and the amendment process to the Constitution of the United States.

Ivy Tech’s Constitution Day commemorative event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Daniel Conkle teaches Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Law and Religion. His research addresses constitutional law and theory, religious liberty, and the role of religion in American law, politics, and public life. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as a book entitled Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses, which is now in its second edition (Foundation Press, 2009). Professor Conkle is also an adjunct professor of religious studies and a Nelson Poynter Scholar at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions.

Ivy Tech Associate Professor Dr. Alex Garman’s scholarly and research interests include cross-cultural exchange, cultural interaction in borderlands, environmental history, and the concept of ethnic identity. His book, The Cult of the Matronae in the Roman Rhineland: An Historical Evaluation of the Archaeological Evidence,” was published by Edwin Mellon Publishing in 2008. Dr. Garman has taught courses in Western Civilization, World History, American History, European History Ancient Greece, Rome, Medieval Europe, English History, Viking Europe, and Celtic Europe. 

For more information about Constitution Day, please contact Fr. Kurt Messick, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History at Kurt teaches political science and history, and has worked for the British government (which has no core constitutional document) under Margaret Thatcher.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.