Northwestern to play host to Constitution Day speaker

September 10, 2019

Constitution Day 2019 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is Wednesday, Sept. 18, at noon in the Northwestern Student Center Ranger Room. Admission is free and open to all.

The program, sponsored by the Northwestern Institute for Citizenship Studies, is titled, “A Conservative Rebel: The Life and Contributions of John Dickinson, Founder, Framer, Soldier, & Emancipator.” This year’s observance will involve an examination of the life and contributions of John Dickinson (1732-1808).

The guest speaker, Dr. Jane Calvert, is the foremost authority on Founding Father John Dickinson. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003 and is director and chief editor of the John Dickinson Writings Project and associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky. Her first book, “Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson,” gives the first comprehensive analysis of Dickinson’s actions during the American Revolution.

She currently is producing the first edition of “The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson” and the first full and accurate biography. She also has worked on topics on religious liberty, Thomas Paine, and the second amendment. Her work on Dickinson is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, as well as public and private institutions and foundations. Most recently, she was awarded an NEH Public Scholar grant to work on Dickinson’s biography.

For more information, contact the NWICS at (580) 327-8522 or


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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