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U.S. Constitution: GSU 2013

Important info pertaining to the history of the United States Constitution, it's development, and it's progression throughout the years. Be sure to visit the Constitution Day tab for the current year to see what events are taking place on campus now!

Theme for 2013

With Apologies to the Police

(no, not those police)

"Every Move You Make, I'll be Watching You"
The Right to Privacy in the 21st Century

Introduction to privacy by Dr. Jonathan Bryant

Dr. Jonathan Bryant's biography

Jonathan Bryant is a historian who holds both the J. D. and a Ph. D.  His classes at Georgia Southern include Georgia History, the Destruction of Slavery, and Constitutional History.  Professor Bryant's last book, How Curious a Land: Conflict and Change in Greene County, Georgia, 1850-1885, considered the role of law in social change by examining a plantation community transformed by Civil War.  He is currently finishing a manuscript, Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope, that tells the story of an illegal slaving voyage that produced the most important case on slavery to come out of John Marshall's Supreme Court.  

The George-Anne

We'll Be Watching You

Constitution Day 2013 Program

I'll Be Watching You: The Right to Privacy in the 21st Century

Introduction to privacy through the 19th century by Dr. Jonathan Bryant, followed by lecture, "I'll Be Watching You: the Right to Privacy in the 21st Century" by Dr. Richard Pacelle

2013 GSU Constitution Day pt.2

Pt. 2 of Dr. Richard Pacelle's lecture on the right to privacy in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Dr. Van Wagenen's Public History Class Sponsors the Bill of Rights


2013 Constitution Day Library Display

Dr. Richard Pacelle, Speaker

Dr. Richard Pacelle's biography

Richard Pacelle is Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1985. He taught at Indiana University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis before coming to Georgia Southern in 2002. His research is concerned with public law generally and the U.S. Supreme Court and separation of powers more specifically. He is the author of four books including the recently published Decision Making by the Modern Supreme Court as well as a number of journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. His fifth book, The Nation’s Balance Wheel: The US Supreme Court in a System of Separated Powers, is due to the publisher the day of the Constitution Day event. Professor Pacelle is the recipient of the 2000 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2000-01 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2006-07 CLASS Award for Distinction in Scholarship, and the 2009-10 University Award of Excellence in Scholarship and Research.

Court Cases, Legislation, and Discussions

Use the following Supreme Court cases, Amendments, and Legislation to help understand the talk on Privacy to be given by Dr. Pacelle. Consult the USA Patriot Act for Congressional action on privacy. Also find examples of legislation and discussion taking place in congress that is intended to strengthen the 4th amendment.