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Matthew L. Hipps
Matthew L. Hipps

‘Civility and Tolerance’ to Be Constitution Day Topic at Dalton State

Civility and tolerance will be the topic of Dalton State’s annual Constitution Day program Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

The public is invited to the free program which will be led by Mr. Matthew L. Hipps, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Dalton State.

“The full title of the program is ‘When Freedom of Speech Becomes the Freedom to Hate,’” said Hipps, who teaches Introduction to American Government for the College. “This year’s program will focus on civility and tolerance with a specific focus on what we say to one another.

“The first amendment right to free speech is one of our most precious and closely guarded rights, but it can also be the most easily abused,” he said. “I think an open and honest conversation about what free speech actually means is a very good thing.

“As I teach political science –and wrote a dissertation on our perceptions of each other—I have always been interested in the Bill of Rights and how those things that protect us can become the very things that tear us apart,” Hipps said. “Constitution Day provides a unique opportunity to discuss these topics with the Dalton State and Dalton communities.”

The program is recommended for mature audiences as it may contain strong language and adult themes, Hipps said.

Constitution Day recognizes the signing of the Constitution by the framers on September 17, 1787. Each year, the College presents a Constitution Day program which highlights one or more basic liberties afforded to us as Americans in the document that provides the framework for our government.

The Constitution Day program is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.
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