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Georgia State plans to celebrate Constitution Day with events promoting liberal activism

Georgia State’s Perimeter College has plans to commemorate Constitution Day this September with a series of presentations geared toward progressive activism, according to an email obtained by The College Fix.

The email, sent by Senior Political Science Lecturer Barbara Robertson, details a number of events to be hosted by the college between September 14 and September 17 to celebrate ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Among these events are talks on racial and social injustice by Teresa Hardy of a local NAACP chapter, a presentation on immigration policy and issues by attorney Danielle Claffey, a presentation on the redistricting process, and a potential discussion of the “importance of advocacy, activism and understanding of law and policy” with Georgia State Assistant Dean of Students Jaray Mazique.

In her email, Robertson encourages faculty to push their students to attend the talks, suggesting they offer extra credit for students to attend.

In addition, Robertson recommends “Creating a Constitution Day events assignment such as a written assignment, research, etc. as you work on your course prep this week.”

In addition to the speaking events, Robertson urges faculty to encourage students to visit a voter registration site created by the university.

Robertson declined to answer multiple requests to comment for this story, instead referring The College Fix to a campus spokesperson who also declined to comment.

The 2021 Constitution Day events are ideologically in line with the offerings in past years.

In 2020, for instance, the celebration included a presentation called “American Women’s Rights 1776-1920,” a talk by Amy Steigerwalt on women in politics and women voting, a discussion of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, and a talk by a representative from Fair Districts GA, a progressive group that objects to gerrymandering of legislative districts.

Other 2020 presentations included multiple talks forecasting the 2020 elections in Georgia.

In 2019, the college marked Constitution Day with events including a talk called “Fighting Gerrymandering,” one called “Immigration Issues and Policy,” and another titled, “Should America Pay? A Brief History of the Fight for Reparations in the United States,” presented by Akinyele Umoja, a Georgia State professor of African-American Studies.

Robertson’s Twitter account features tweets objecting to Republican-sponsored changes to voting laws in Georgia, supporting gun control measures, bemoaning climate change, and calling the Electoral College “basically affirmative action for rural white voters.”

The Electoral College is created by the U.S. Constitution, which the school is ostensibly celebrating with their upcoming events.

Georgia State’s Perimeter College serves students at five campuses: Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton.

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