MCAP hosts Constitution Day program


In the more than two centuries since the United States Constitution was signed, much has changed in “the land of the free.”

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics will host a free lecture celebrating the one thing that hasn’t changed since the Constitution was signed in 1787 — protection of American rights.

Tina Fryling, J.D., associate professor of criminal justice, will speak about “The United States Constitution: Defending the People” from 7 to 8 p.m. at Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall. The event is open to the public.

“Constitution Day is significant because our right to be protected from governmental interference in the most intimate areas of our lives is a very important concept,” said Fryling.

Opportunities like Constitution Day serve to unite the American people and allow us to take a step back and appreciate the rights that the U.S. Constitution has bestowed, she added.

“If our courts and legislators were to turn away from the provisions of the U.S. Constitution, our lives would be markedly changed,” Fryling said. “The Constitution is a living document that is respected and continues to make our lives better on a daily basis.”

For more information, contact Brian Ripley at or Tina Fryling at

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