History

History

The Center was established in 2009 as part of the Academic Excellence initiative and has had much success in engaging students with civic literacy.

In our pilot year, the Center hosted former state Comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Hon. H. Carl McCall; it convened a series of panel discussions with state and local politicians on electoral politics; and it sponsored the First Woman President Symposium.

In 2005, the Center sponsored a panel discussion on the USA PATRIOT ACT in celebration of Constitution Day; cosponsored the Congress to Campus program in the Fall semester; sponsored Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Tanya Melich; and organized the First Woman President Symposium, Phase II, the Campaign.

In Fall 2006, the Center sponsored a presentation by Professor Paul Finkelman of the Albany Law School in celebration of Constitution Day. The topic of the presentation was "Making a Covenant with Death: Understanding the Pro-Slavery Constitution." In the spring 2007 semester, the Center organized the "Road to the White House Colloquium" with Professor Stephen Wayne from Georgetown University as the main speaker.