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Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate will host its second annual Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Campus Life Center Ballroom. This event is held in commemoration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. 

The featured speaker, Dr. C. Bradley Thompson, is a noted scholar of the Early American Republic and the American Enlightenment. Thompson, a prolific scholar, will deliver a speech entitled, “The Revolutionary Origins of the Constitution.” There will be an opportunity for questions and answers following the address.

Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.  He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

Thompson is the author of the prize-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty.  He has also edited The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860: A Reader and was an associate editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment.  His current book project is on “The Ideological Origins of American Constitutionalism.” Thompson is also an occasional writer for The Times Literary Supplement of London.  He has lectured around the country on education reform and the American Revolution, and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers around the country and abroad.  Thompson’s lectures on the political thought of John Adams have twice appeared on C-SPAN television. 

This event is sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences and The Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies. For more information or to arrange for group seating, please contact Dr. Paul Grady at (864) 503-5731 or pgrady@uscupstate.edu. Visit www.uscupstate.edu/constitutionday. Please share this Constitution Day 2011 flyer .

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