Blinn College-Bryan Campus to host Constitution Day lecture and voter registration drive

Executive Editor and Co-founder of the Texas Tribune Ross Ramsey will highlight the complexities surrounding the Constitution’s interpretation

September 16, 2019

The Blinn College District invites the community to the Bryan Campus to commemorate Constitution Day with remarks from a groundbreaking Texas journalist and a voter registration drive.

Ross RamseyRoss Ramsey, Executive Editor and Co-founder of the Texas Tribune, will address the Constitution’s varied interpretations and innovative format from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Student Center Room F-120. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Since 2000, Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences has celebrated Constitution Day by inviting a guest speaker to campus to discuss various political topics, including the Constitution, the Electoral College, and gerrymandering. This year’s event also gives attendees a chance to register to vote and will provide information on upcoming elections and candidates.

“The U.S. Constitution is a living and breathing document that encompasses the enduring principles our country was founded on,” said Dean of Social Sciences Brandon Franke. “This year’s Constitution Day events remind students and the larger Blinn community about the rights and freedoms that make our government and country so exceptional.”

This year’s discussion will address interpreting the Constitution and the fact that different perspectives can effect policies related to redistricting, immigration, defense, foreign aid, voting rights, and freedom of speech.

“As a journalist, Ross Ramsey is on the front lines of protecting our constitutional freedoms, including freedom of the press,” Franke said. “His perspective and experience in both news and politics brings a multifaceted approach to interpreting the Constitution and the rights it guarantees.”

Before co-founding the Texas Tribune, Ramsey was Editor and Co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years and served as Associate Deputy Comptroller for Policy and Director of Communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ramsey got his start in journalism covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Blinn’s Division of Social Sciences consists of the Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Government, History, Legal Assisting, Psychology, and Sociology programs. Each semester, the division invites faculty, students, and the community to learn from leading researchers in their respective fields of study as they speak about topics relevant to today’s society.

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