Oklahoma Christian University will celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 19 by hosting nationally renowned classics scholar Rufus Fears as well as Andrew Spiropoulos and Joel Kintsel. This year marks the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The on campus event is organized by Oklahoma Christian’s Academy of Leadership and Liberty, the OKC chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the 1787 Society of Oklahoma.
“We are proud to continue our relationships with these wonderful organizations as we seek to educate future generations about the wisdom of our nation’s founding principles,” said Brian Bush, executive director of the Academy of Leadership and Liberty. “This program inspires citizens by reminding them of the promise of liberty.”
Fears will deliver the keynote address on “The Magna Carta: Our First Constitution” at 11:30 a.m. Spiropoulos, a professor of law and director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government at Oklahoma City University, will discuss “Constitutional Principles” with selected students from Oklahoma Christian. At 11 a.m., Kintsel, executive vice president of OCPA and director of its Center for Constitutional Freedom, will address the entire student body at convocation regarding “Federalism.”
“Dr. Fears is one of the preeminent experts on the greatest books of history, including our Constitution,” said Bush. “In addition, Andrew and Joel are some of Oklahoma’s top thinkers in regard to the Constitution. They will each deliver an inspiring discussion of our country’s most important philosophical and legal writing.”
Fears is an acclaimed classics professor and scholar with 25 awards for teaching excellence. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University and holds the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. He also serves as David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Before joining the faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Fears was professor of history and distinguished faculty research lecturer at Indiana University, and professor of classical studies and chair of the department of classical studies at Boston University.
The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the nation’s least known official observances and is spearheaded nationally by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.
About Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian, named a “Best Western College” by The Princeton Review, and “America’s Best University—Masters” by U.S. News & World Report, is a private, four-year comprehensive university. OC offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies and the College of Professional Studies. The university also offers two graduate degree programs in Biblical studies, a master’s of science in engineering as well as one- and two-year master’s of business administration programs. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Vienna, Austria, Honduras, and throughout the western Pacific. For more information about Oklahoma Christian, visit www.oc.edu.
Daughters of the American Revolution has served America for 119 years as its foremost cheerleader. Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. For more information about DAR, visit www.dar.org/
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs was founded in 1993 as a public policy research organization focused primarily on state-level issues. OCPA has been part of an emerging, national trend of free-market, state-based think-tanks. For more information about OCPA, visit www.ocpathink.org
The 1787 Society of Oklahoma is a dynamic group of young professionals, college students, families and activists who are working to promote the Constitution. For more information about the 1787 Society of Oklahoma, click here.
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This announcement is somewhat bittersweet. While we are losing a great person, we are excited for the opportunity that awaits him. Beau Bailey is leaving our staff at the end of this year to pursue a great opportunity with the Character First organization. Beau is a dear friend who will be sorely missed, and we wish him the very best in this new endeavor.
Due to the need for continuity in the planning of the Academy’s upcoming programs, the shortened timeline, and the availability of a highly qualified internal option, the best course of action was to promote from within the Academy staff to fill the vacancy created by Beau’s departure. Currently serving in a part time role as a Project Coordinator is Caleb Panter, and he will step in as Assistant Director of the Academy of Leadership & Liberty beginning January 3. The soon-to-be Dr. Panter is currently completing his law degree and will graduate Saturday, and he has been a part of the Academy’s programs for the past few summers. Caleb has a passion for the OC mission, and he will be an incredible addition to our team while he also continues to serve the men’s basketball team as an Assistant Coach.
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