Students tackle issues at ACC’s annual Constitution Day debate

Austin Community College District (ACC) will host its eighth annual Constitution Day Debate honoring the signing of the U.S. Constitution at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 23 in the Palmer Events Center (900 Barton Springs Rd.) where students will have the chance to discuss current critical issues such as terrorist threats in Iraq and Syria, Facebook tracking, and new laws.

During the event, students will examine their knowledge and beliefs about the Constitution while reflecting on their rights.

“There are shades of grey in important issues. Students will work together to develop a deep understanding about the issues our country faces today,” says Peck Young, director of ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies (CPPPS). “They learn how to disagree without being disagreeable. This is a unique opportunity for ACC students. We’re the only community college in the nation that does this.”

The award-winning event is hosted by CPPPS, ACC’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Center for Student Political Studies, the Student Government Association, and the City of Austin. Council Member Mike Martinez will serve as honorary chairman. The American Board of Trial Advocates is co-sponsoring the event.

Pre-register for the event at austincc.edu/cppps. For more information, contact Maxine Kaplan at 512.223.7050 or mkaplan@austincc.edu. The event is free and open to all students. Refreshments will be provided.

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