Founding fathers to take center stage at Rowan for Constitution Day

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Rowan University students will rub elbows--and talk up the U.S. Constitution--with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as actors portraying the founding fathers come to campus for a special Constitution Day celebration.

Rowan University students will rub elbows--and talk up the U.S. Constitution--with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton on Wednesday, Sept. 14, as actors portraying the founding fathers come to campus for a special Constitution Day celebration.

From noon-12: 30 p.m., actors from the Philadelphia-based American Historical Theatre, dressed in full colonial garb, will engage students in a discussion about the Constitution at the clock on Rowan's Meditation Walk.

Two more discussion and question-and-answer sessions will be held in the Edelman Planetarium in Science Hall from 12:45-1:30 p.m. and from 1:45-2:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Rowan's Political Science & Economics Department, the Office of the Provost, the dean's office in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Friends of the Campbell Library, the History Department, the American Studies Program, the Bantivoglio Honors Concentration, and the Theatre and Dance Department.

American Historical Theatre actor Dean Malissa will portray Washington, who presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the Constitution in 1787.

Actor Ian Rose will portray Alexander Hamilton, who led calls for the Philadelphia Convention.  Hamilton, who became the nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, was one of the nation's first Constitutional lawyers.

The event will help bring the Constitution, signed 224 years ago on Sept. 17, alive to Rowan students, said Political Science Professor Bruce Caswell, a specialist in American political thought and the organizer of the Constitution Day observance.

"Hamilton and Washington did not differ much on the Constitution, but there's a lot for them to discuss," says Caswell. "Hamilton, in particular, is one of the most misunderstood and overlooked founding fathers."

For information about the event, contact Caswell at caswell@rowan.edu.

For information about American Historical Theatre, visit www.ahtheatre.org.

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