| Historian John E. Miller will be giving a presentation in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Student Union titled "The Paradoxical U.S. Constitution: Bulwark of the Republic or Purveyor of Polarization" during BHSU's Constitution Day 2013 celebration.
Black Hills State University will celebrate the 226th
anniversary of the United States Constitution Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
The celebration will feature a presentation by Dr. John E. Miller titled “The Paradoxical U.S. Constitution: Bulwark of the Republic or Purveyor of Polarization.” In his talk, Miller will examine the tensions and contradictions that mark the ways in which the Constitution works within American culture, including the respect it is given as well as the frequent controversy surrounding it. While the Constitution remains one of our most treasured symbols of democratic government, it continues to astonish us with unanticipated implications and impacts, according to Miller
John E. Miller is a historian from Brookings. Before becoming a full-time writer, he taught American history and South Dakota history at the University of Tulsa and at South Dakota State University for three decades. Among his eight books are ones on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Gov. Philip F. LaFollette of Wisconsin, and one titled Looking for History on Highway 14. He has also written South Dakota: A Journey through Time, an elementary-level textbook used in more than half of the schools in the state. His latest book, titled “Small-Town Dreams: Stories of Midwestern Boys Who Shaped America,” will be released in spring 2014.
Miller’s talk is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Chiesman Committee for the Advancement of Democracy at Black Hills State University, and made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please contact Dr. David Wolff, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at 605-642-6221 or David.Wolff@BHSU.edu.