FMU to observe Constitution Day, Sept. 18
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will observe Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 18, with a presentation by Larry Nelson, FMU’s A.R. Avent professor of history and chair of the history department.
The program will begin at 3:45 p.m. in the Lee Nursing Building’s Thomason Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Nelson’s lecture is titled “The Founding Fathers, Religion and the Constitution.”
A native of Ogden, Utah, Nelson has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1974. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s from the University of Utah, and a doctorate from Duke University.
Constitution Day honors the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia inserted language into the 2005 federal spending bill that requires all educational institutions, including colleges and universities, which receive federal funds from any agency to have programming for Constitution Day.