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Constitution Day activities planned at WU

A hearing panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will meet in special sessions Sept. 20-21 at Washburn University in observance of Constitution Day, according to a statement released by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.Constitution Day is a federally proclaimed day commemorating the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.Commemoration activities will begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 20 when Kansas Court of Appeals judges Christel Marquardt, Thomas Malone and Stephen Hill hear four appeals in the Robinson Courtroom at the law school. On Sept. 21, the hearing panel will listen to arguments in three additional appeals in the Kansas Room of Washburn’s Memorial Union.  Both of  days of arguments are open to the public.“These cases were chosen because we thought they would present interesting constitutional issues for the students,” Marquardt said in a statement. “The constitutional rights we all share are tested daily in cases like these.”Robin Wright, an internationally acclaimed journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst, will speak at Washburn on Sept. 21.In the afternoon, Wright will speak to student groups at the International House on issues related to two books she has written dealing with turmoil in the Middle East, “The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy,” and “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.”The books are the result of her experience and news reporting from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times of London, CBS News, and the Christian Science Monitor , among others.In the evening of Sept. 21, Wright will speak in the Washburn Room of the student union at 7 p.m.  on the subject of “The Democracy Movement in the Middle East.”The presentation is open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

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