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FMU to observe Constitution Day, Sept. 16

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will observe Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 16, with a presentation by V. Scott Kaufman, associate professor of history and co-director of the McNair Center for Government and History. 

            The program will begin at 3:45 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.     

            Kaufman’s lecture is titled “Of Originalism and Interpretation: A Historical Analysis of the Constitution.”  

            A native of Slidell, La., Kaufman, became an assistant professor of history at FMU in 2001 and an associate professor of history in 2005. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Washington, Southwest Missouri State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Ohio University. 

            He has taught many courses in the field of history including historiography, the Korean War, the Modern World and the History of the United States in World Affairs. He earned the B.A. degree from Kansas State University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio University.  

            Kaufman has published five books since 2000, including “Confronting Communism: U.S. and British Policies toward China,” “The Presidency of James Earl Carter Jr.,” “The Pig War: The United States, Britain, and the Balance of Power in the Pacific Northwest, 1846-72,” “Francis Marion: Swamp Fox of the Carolinas” and a biography of former first lady Rosalynn Carter. 

            Kaufman has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals. Kaufman was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in Ireland.  

            His research interests include U.S. diplomatic, Latin American and U.S. military histories and the history of Japan.             

            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.

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Last Published: September 7, 2009 1:27 PM
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