Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Constitution Day





On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, Congress designated September 17 of each year as Constitution Day, requiring schools receiving federal funds and all federal agencies to coordinate educational events during the week to promote a better understanding of the Constitution. For more information, visit the National Constitution Center.  



Thursday, September 9
Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium, Ralph Brown Draughon Library

“’The Right to Err’ and The First Amendment: What Universities in the 21st Century Can Learn From Justice Hugo Black"

Dr. Steve Brown

Steve Brown received his PhD from the University of Virginia and has taught at Auburn since 1998. He teaches several courses in American Constitutional Law as well as Religion and Politics, Law and Society, and Introduction to American Government. His research interests focus primarily on church and state issues and American legal history. In 2005, his book, Trumping Religion: The New Christian Right, The Free Speech Clause and the Courts received the National Communication Association's Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression. In 2006, he received the National Faculty of the Year Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. His article “The Girard Will and Twin Landmarks of Supreme Court History” received the Supreme Court Historical Society’s 2017 Hughes-Gossett Senior Prize, which was presented by Chief Justice John Roberts. He created a traveling exhibit about landmark Supreme Court cases from Alabama entitled “Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces that Changed a Nation.” It is currently touring throughout the state as part of the Alabama statehood bicentennial. The companion book to the exhibit was awarded the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize in Southern History. He also teaches courses in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Auburn, lectures on political and First Amendment issues throughout the state, and serves as an instructor with the Election Center in providing professional education training to elections officials nationwide. 


Last Updated: August 12, 2021