Constitution Week events continue next week on the Huntington campus


Constitution Week events will continue next week, highlighted by the President’s Invitational Quoits Media Challenge, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, on Buskirk Field. It will be preceded by the cutting of John Marshall’s birthday cake on the Memorial Student Center plaza at 11 a.m. by President Stephen J. Kopp.

Quoits, a game in which rings of iron are pitched at stakes much like horseshoes, was the favorite game of John Marshall.

Also taking place next week are:

  • 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 – Announcement of the winner of the Judge Dan O’Hanlon Constitution Week and John Marshall Celebration Essay Competition in the Memorial Student Center’s John Marshall Room.
  • 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 – The Robert C. Byrd Forum on Civic Responsibility in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre features Early Freedom Rider Ms. Joan C. Browning. Her address is titled “Oh the Places That Freedom Riding Take Me.” Browning, who lives on a hillside in the Irish Corner District of Greenbrier County, writes and lectures at colleges and universities on her personal experiences as a white woman in the civil rights movement. On the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, she was feted all across the country, including as a guest of Congress at the premiere of the documentary about the Freedom Rides, as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and at a meeting requested by President Barack Obama. She has been a  guest lecturer at more than 75 colleges and universities. In addition to speaking at the Byrd forum, Browning will speak at 7 p.m. that Thursday, also in the Francis-Booth Theatre. That address is titled, “The Constitution and Civil Rights.”

Constitution Week events will conclude with the first Amicus Curiae Lecture, which will take place at  7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. The guest speaker will be James E. Simon, dean emeritus of New York Law School. His address will take place at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.