The Lone Star College-North Harris Center for Diversity Studies will mark Constitution Day on September 17 by hosting a lecture with renowned law professor Dr. Martin L. Levy of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Dr. Levy will be speaking on a recent landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. (2015) and non-enumerated Constitutional rights. In the Obergefell case, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
According to Dr. James Good, dean, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Business and Economics at LSC-North Harris, “It is an honor to have Dr. Levy help us mark Constitution Day by speaking about this case and its relevance. Not only is he highly regarded among his peers, he is also widely published and considered an expert in the field of Constitutional Law.”
Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia. The law establishing the present holiday was created in 2004, with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day.”
Dr. Levy will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. at LSC College-North Harris, Academic Building, Room A126. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to attend the free lecture.
The LSC-North Harris Center for Diversity Studies is focused on a guiding principle that diversity should be celebrated and studied as the mark of a healthy society and learning environment rather than merely tolerated. In order to fulfill this mission, the center offers numerous programs for students including: international studies, learning communities and service learning projects; special guest speakers and panel discussions; internship and study abroad opportunities; information on the Model UN and community projects; Student Voices/Student Success; and Community Heritage Projects to preserve and protect local history.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.
Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.