Human Rights Education Institute to sponsor Constitution Day program at NIC

The Human Rights Education Institute (HREI) will host a Constitution Day program to discuss the First Amendment from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in North Idaho College's Molstead Library Todd Hall.

The program, entitled “Constitution Day: Understanding the 1st Amendment”, will discuss freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, freedom to petition and assembly, and freedom of the press as covered by the First Amendment. Panelists will weigh in on the issue from their unique viewpoint. Confirmed panelists include:

· George Critchlow, Professor at Gonzaga University Law School
· Eden Irgens, Member of the Coeur d’Alene City Arts Commission
· Rick Davis, Artist
· Sreedharani Nandagopal , representative from the Hindu faith

Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. In 2004, the United States Senate adopted an amendment introduced by Senator Byrd that created the holiday. The amendment created a federal mandate that all publicly-funded educational institutes provide educational programming to acknowledge the holiday. The Human Rights Education Institute is organizing this First Amendment panel and is hosting it in conjunction with North Idaho College to help them comply with its Constitution Day requirements. Constitution Day is generally celebrated on Sept. 17, the day the Constitution was signed in 1787; however may be observed on days leading up to, or following the holiday.

The event is free and open to the public and all are invited to attend. Event details are also posted at and on HREI’s Facebook page at

Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

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