Constitution Day 2023

Every year, Constitution Day marks the signing of of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Although Independence Day and Presidents’ Day were marked as such for many years, it was not until 1940 that the seeds of a Constitution Day were planted. “I am an American Day” was celebrated on the third Sunday of May and celebrated American citizenship. The holiday quickly gained popularity across the United States and the date was changed to September 17 during the 1950s to better reflect the origins of American citizenship. The name of the day also became the simpler “Citizenship Day.”

It was not until 2004 that Congress designated September 17 as Constitution Day alongside the existing Citizenship Day. This designation required all public schools and government offices to hold educational programming to promote constitutional literacy. The Jack Miller Center honors this important date every year by funding educational lectures across the country. These lectures further the Center’s mission of civic literacy and encourage citizens to learn more about our country’s origins.

Below is a collection of resources featured for Constitution Day 2023. Browse these resources or jump from section to section by clicking the links below:


Campus Events

In 2023, 43 campuses and institutions around the nation are partnering with the Jack Miller Center to conduct Constitution Day events for students and the public. This day engages students in conversations about the role and meaning of the Constitution in American political life.

2023 Constitution Day Events


August 30-September 9

Constitution Day Lecture, Utah Valley University

August 30, 2023 – 11:00 AM MT
A lecture with Steven Pittz – watch a recording of the lecture!

Franklin Fellows Retreat, Emory University

September 2-3, 2023
An undergraduate student retreat examining factionalism in the Federalist Papers.

Professional Development Workshop, Eastern Kentucky University

September 9, 2023 – 9:30 AM ET
A professional development workshop for teachers with Joshua Douglas and Gleen Crothers

September 10-16

Constitution Day Extravaganza, Rose State College

September 11-15, 2023
Five events from Monday, September 11 through Friday, September 15

Ancient Avengers: How the Heroes of the Hebrew Bible Inspire the American Story, George Fox University

September 12, 2023 – 4:30 PM PT
A lecture with Stuart Halpern

Assessing the Electoral College in the 21st Century, University of West Florida

September 13, 2023 – 6:00 PM ET
A lecture with Keith Whittington

The Constitutional Politics of Abortion Policy After Dobbs, Campbell University

September 13, 2023 – 5:00 PM ET
A lecture with John Dinan

The First Amendment, the Academy, and the Media: Restoring a Marketplace of Ideas, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

September 13, 2023 – 7:30 PM ET
A lecture and symposium with Joshua Dunn – watch a recording of the lecture!

The Forgotten Role of the Republican Virtue in the American Constitution, Texas State University

September 13, 2023 – 7:00 PM CT
A lecture with David Williams

Amending the Constitution: Twin Jeopardies, Arizona State University

September 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM AZT
A lecture with Russ Feingold

Challenging Cancel Culture: Can Gen Z Change Course?, Bipartisan Policy Center

September 14, 2023 – 9:00 AM ET
A panel with students Rachel Lia, Justo A. Triana, and Morgan Womack, moderated by JMC faculty partner Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill – watch a recording of the discussion!

Mercy Otis Warren: The Constitution and American Memory, Oglethorpe University

September 14, 2023 – 5:00 PM ET
A lecture with Kirstin Anderson Birkhaug – watch a recording of the lecture!

Who Gets to Make the Law? The Legislative Power at the Founding and Today, Middlebury College

September 14, 2023
A lecture with James Stoner

13th Annual Constitution Day Quiz Bowl with Public Address, Lee University

September 15, 2023
With remarks from Lee University President Mark Walker

The Framing Generation and Female Genius, University of Georgia

September 15, 2023 – 2:00 PM ET
A lecture with Mary Sarah Bilder – watch a recording of the lecture!

Lincoln’s Constitutionalism
Thinkin’ about Lincoln, University of Houston

September 15, 2023 – 1:00 PM CT
Two lectures with Michael Zuckert

Reflective Patriotism and Civic Friendship: Educating for American Democracy in a Polarized Age, Jacksonville State University

September 15, 2023 – 3:00 PM ET
A discussion with Jane Kamensky and Paul Carrese – watch a recording here!



September 17-23

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Theory of Democracy and the U.S. Constitution, University of Alaska, Anchorage

September 17, 2023 – 7:30 AKT
A lecture with Oliver Zunz delivered in conjunction with the annual James Madison Cup Competition (September 16) – watch it here!

Canadian Reflections on the American Constitution, University of Dallas

September 17, 2023
A lecture with Kimberley Burns

The Crisis Presidency, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

September 18, 2023 – 4:00 PM PT
A lecture with Benjamin Kleinerman

How to Celebrate the Constitution, Assumption University

September 18, 2023 – 5:30 PM ET
A lecture with Steven B. Smith

Is the Administrative State Constitutional?, American University

September 18, 2023 – 5:30 PM ET
A lecture with Johnathan O’Neill

Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation, Lincoln University of Missouri

September 18, 2023 – 2:00 PM CT
A lecture with James Endersby – watch it here!

Presidential Succession and Fitness for Office: An Enduring Question with Boilermaker Roots, Purdue University

September 18, 2023 – 2:00 PM ET
A lecture with John Feerick

Restoring the Constitutional Integrity of Title IX, Baylor University

September 18, 2023
A lecture with Elizabeth Kaufer Busch

Soldier-Citizens & Citizen Soldiers: Spiritedness and the Constitution, Institute of World Politics

September 18, 2023 – 5:00 PM ET
A lecture with Rebecca Burgess

The Supreme Court’s Traditionalist Turn, Princeton University

September 18, 2023 – 4:30 PM ET
A lecture with Sherif Girgis

Thomas Paine and the Continuing Relevance of Common Sense in America, Xavier University

September 18, 2023 – 4:00 PM ET
A colloquium and lecture with Katherine Robiadek

“To Establish Justice”: Medgar Evers & the Problem of Responsibility, Linfield University

September 18, 2023 – 12:30 PM PT
A lecture with Nicholas Buccola

Toward a More Constructive Constitutional Debate: Citizen and Civic Respect in the New Roaring ’20s, Biola University

September 18, 2023 – 2:00 PM PT
A lecture with Hannah Durbin

2023 Constitution Day Lecture, University of Oklahoma

September 20, 2023 – 1:30 PM CT
A discussion with Jonathan Gienapp and Anne Twitty

Big Tech and Civil Rights: How Should Government Regulate Speech Online?, Rochester Institute of Technology

September 21, 2023 – 4:00 PM ET
A discussion with Christina Bambrick, Michelle Chun, and Josephine Wolff

The Myth of Left and Right: How the Political Spectrum Undermines Constitutional Government in the United States, Michigan State University

September 21, 2023 – 5:00 PM ET
A lecture with Verlan Lewis and Hyrum Lewis

The Supreme Court and Race-Based College Admissions, Villanova University

September 21, 2023 – 4:15 PM ET
A lecture with Jonathan Turley

Thomas Jefferson and His Bible: A Reconsideration, Duke University

September 21, 2023 – 4:00 PM ET
A lecture with Thomas Kidd

What Happened to the Vital Center? Presidentialism, the Populist Revolt, and the Fracturing of America, University of Nebraska, Omaha

September 21, 2023 – 1:00 PM CT
A lecture with Sidney Milkis

The Constitution and American Democracy, Louisiana State University

September 22, 2023 – 12:40 PM CT
A lecture with Joshua Sellers – watch it here!

From The Mountains to The Suburbs: Sacred Spaces Under Religious Liberty Law, Bellarmine University

September 22, 2023 – 3:00 PM  ET
A lecture with David C. Scott

What Should You Do If You Think the Supreme Court is Wrong?, Providence College

September 22, 2023 – 3:30 PM ET
A lecture with R. Shep Melnick



September 24-30

Saving Democracy from Itself: Tocqueville & the Constitution, Christopher Newport University

September 26, 2023 – 3:00 PM ET
A discussion with Joseph Knippenberg and Daniel Cullen

Do We Really Have Bill of Rights in America?, Christendom College

September 27, 2023
A lecture with Jerome C. Foss

The Moral Case for the Constitution’s Original Meaning, Benedictine College

September 28, 2023 – 5:15 PM CT
A lecture with J. Joel Alicea




The battle for the soul of our nation will be won or lost in our classrooms.™ –Jack Miller

Abraham Lincoln, “Fragment on the Constitution and Union” c. January 1861 From the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln:

“All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of “Liberty to all” — the principle that clears the path for all — gives hope to all — and, by consequence, enterprize, and industry to all.”

Selected online resources for Constitution Day:


United States ConstitutionConstituting America Live Virtual Workshop with Hans Zeiger

September 15, 2023 – 2:00 PM ET
JMC President Hans Zeiger appears as a special guest on Constituting America’s Constitution Day Virtual Workshops. Hans will lead a live session on “The Constitution & Communication”

Explore Constituting America workshops here >>




ContextUS is a new collaborative project between the Jack Miller Center and Sefaria. Both nonprofit organizations share a firm commitment to improve public knowledge of America’s founding principles and history. Our free tool is designed to use the best of 21st century technology to revive the ideas, texts, and traditions that laid the foundation for our free society.

Our vision is for an informed and engaged citizenry. In the words of James Madison, Father of the American Constitution, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who means to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives”.

ContextUS provides a platform for users to read texts, search concepts, and engage others in conversation. As our name suggests, our goal is to provide historical and philosophical context to modern political debates. In the age of internet misinformation, ContextUS brings Americans straight to the source.

Click here to explore the library >>


The New Thinkery: Ben Kleinerman on the Federalist Papers

In honor of Constitution Day 2021, The New Thinkery podcast hosted a special Constitution Day episode with Benjamin Kleinerman, JMC board member and R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University. From JMC’s 2021 Summer Institute, the group discussed several of the Federalist Papers and what their respective authors thought the U.S. regime need be wary of as it progressed.

Listen to The New Thinkery on Apple Podcasts, Libsyn, Spotify, and Audible >>



The National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia has several online resources for learning about the Constitution, its background, and current constitutional controversies.

Visit the National Constitution Center website >>



Greg WeinerFellow Greg Weiner’s Views on Teaching Constitution Day

“When I assign students in my American Government classes to read the Constitution, a document whose birthday the nation commemorates on September 17, I ask them how many have read the main body of it—really read it, front to back—before. Few raise their hands. They are college freshman and sophomores, mostly, having generally graduated from high schools with civics requirements…”

Read the rest of the article at the Huffington Post >>


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