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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 6, 2013

Prominent historian to present Constitution Day program

The Northwest Missouri State University Department of Humanities and Social Sciences will present its 17th annual Constitution Day program at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University and one of the nation's most prominent historians, will speak at the program.

“Dr. Foner is among the country’s most important current historians and his presentation gives us the opportunity to hear one of the critical voices who will be shaping our story for future generations,” Dr. Michael Steiner, chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, said. “His topic for our Constitution Day program, the 14th Amendment, also will address a number of questions central to the relationship between the state and national governments and the challenge posed by the Constitution amid crisis.”

Foner is only the second person to serve as president of the three major professional organizations for historians: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians. He is the winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching from Columbia University. In 1995, the New York Council for the Humanities named Foner Scholar of the Year.

Dr. Foner has produced many publications concentrating on the connections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book, “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.”

Constitution Day is observed annually Sept. 17. The day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention Sept. 17, 1787.

For more information about Northwest's Constitution Day program contact Steiner at 660.562.1288 or by email at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468