GRCC political scientists to mark Constitution Day with panel discussion



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Sept. 16, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College will mark Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with a panel discussion and distribution of free copies of the Constitution.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. Since 2004, any institution that receives federal dollars annually commemorates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17.

Professor Keith St. Clair will moderate the panel discussion among political science faculty members Yan Bai, Heather Richards and Gordan Vurusic. It runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in room 108 of GRCC’s Sneden Hall, 415 E. Fulton. St. Clair expects a lively debate.

“It doesn’t get more controversial than the interpretation of the Constitution,” he said.

Before the event, GRCC student groups will run voter registrations, and participants will receive a pocket Constitution.

The panelists:

Yan Bai has been teaching political science at GRCC since 1994. He teaches American Government, Asian Politics, International Relations and Comparative Politics. He has a doctorate in political science from Texas Tech University.

Heather Richards has been with GRCC since 2004. She teaches American Politics, State and Local Politics, and American Constitutional Foundations. She has a master’s degree in American politics and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and public law. She interned with the state Supreme Court’s chief justice while at Western Michigan University. Her area of study is judicial politics and American elections.

Keith St. Clair has taught political science at GRCC since 2002 and can be seen frequently on its cable channel 28. He teaches government and international relations. He holds two degrees from Illinois State University: a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. While in graduate school, he interned in London, working as a research assistant for a member of the British Parliament.

Gordan Vurusic has been teaching at GRCC since fall 2009 as an assistant professor of political science. He has advanced degrees in political science, international economics and political philosophy from Central European University, the University of Amsterdam, Bowling Green State University and Indiana University. He teaches American Politics, International Relations and Political Theory.

Grand Rapids Community College encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.