Constitution Day Celebration Features Eric Schlosser
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser will be the featured speaker for the celebration of Constitution Day at the University of North Dakota on September 20, 2017. The UND School of Law, in partnership with the North Dakota Humanities Council, will host a discussion with Schlosser titled And Justice For All at 5:30 p.m. in the law school's Baker Courtroom. A social with Schlosser will precede the discussion beginning at 4:30 in the Law School Central Commons. The event is free and open to the public. The program has been approved for 1 credit of North Dakota CLE and 1 credit of North Dakota CJE.
Eric Schlosser’s upcoming book, The Great Imprisonment (2018), will describe how the United States came to have the largest prison system in the history of humankind—and how that system affects every one of us. During this candid, sit-down interview with Martin Gottschalk, Associate Professor and Chair of UND's Criminal Justice Department, Schlosser will discuss his current research, including how the three-fifths clause in the Constitution helped pave the way for the United States to become home to almost twenty-five percent of the world's modern-day prison population.
Seating is limited, so register today at http://www.gamechangernd.com/greatimprisonment.html
Live Streaming Options: If you are not able to attend in person, the program will be live streamed through Zoom Meeting and Facebook Live. To join the Zoom meeting from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android use https://zoom.us/j/818400553 When you enter the meeting by clicking on the link, you will probably be prompted to download the Zoom software. You can test it prior to the event by entering the meeting to make sure everything is working. If you have any issues with the meeting software, the event will also be available through live stream at the UND School of Law Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UNDLawSchool
This event is part of the GameChanger Ideas Festival. The North Dakota Humanities Council created GameChanger, an annual ideas festival focused on a major event or issue significantly changing the face of our world. See www.gamechangernd.com for more details.
Constitution Day recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It generally is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. This year, Constitution Day will be observed on September 20 to allow programming on a weekday. The 2004 law establishing the holiday was part of a congressional bill mandating that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.
Eric Schlosser Biography
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give a voice to people at the margins of society. Over the years he’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers and the victims of violent crime, gone on duty with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the United States. His aim is to shed light on worlds that are too often hidden.
And his work defies easy categorization, earning praise not only from liberal publications like the Nation , but also from Fortune , the Financial Times , and the National Review . Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looks at America’s thriving underground economy. It was also a New York Times bestseller. His third book, Command and Control (2013), reveals the details of America’s effort, for the past seventy years, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. The book was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (History).