September 11, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, will be at John A. Logan College on Thursday, Sept. 17 as part of the college’s Constitution Day celebration.  He will give an address called “Presidential Election Review: 2016” at 9:30 a.m. in the Batteau Conference Room.        

Dr. Jane Bryant, political science professor and chair of the Social Science Department at JALC, helped organize the Constitution Day activities.

“We do something every year to honor the U.S. Constitution and we are pleased to have David Yepsen coming to speak at our campus,” Bryant said.  “He’ll be discussing the upcoming 2016 presidential election, which is a very timely topic.  In the afternoon, Dr. David Cochran, a history professor at Logan, will be speaking about the Constitution from a historical perspective.”

Cochran’s presentation called “The Tree of Liberty and the Blood of Patriots and Tyrants: Origins and Legacy of the Constitution” will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Batteau Conference Room. 

“Over the years, we’ve had some great speakers at the college to speak on Constitution Day, and I’m honored to be included,” Cochran said.  “I’ll be talking about the struggle that was going on when the Constitution was drafted between the American tendency toward democracy and the American tendency toward stability and wealth.  The Constitution is a living document, and part of the genius of the men who wrote it was that they left it open enough that it could be adaptable to different times.”    

Cochran said a question and answer period will follow his speech and he welcomes audience interaction.

“The Constitution Day events are free and open to the public,” Bryant said.  “I encourage JALC faculty, staff, students, and community members to attend.  I think they will enjoy the presentations and learn a lot.”

For more information, contact Bryant at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8271 or by e-mail at



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