‘All Men Created Equal?’ Dalton State to Examine Question in Constitution Day Program
September 11, 2014
America was founded on the fundamental principle that “all men are created equal,” but are they? In the second installment in its yearlong series on inequality, Dalton State College will host a Constitution Day lecture on the balance of opportunity, examining the issue of access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
For the fourth year in a row, Matt Hipps will lead the discussion. Hipps is an assistant professor of political science at Dalton State. In the past, he has navigated provocative yet civil dialogue on sensitive topics including political discourse, hate speech and first amendment rights, and marriage equality.
Over the course of the fall semester, Hipps will lead several programs on issues related to economic and educational inequality in America.
“We, as an education institution, can have conversations about inequality you can’t have in other places, such as in government,” Hipps said. “In an educational environment, it won’t come off as loaded questions. There is not a political connection here.”
“We’re going to look at the broad issues,” he said. “We’ll move from the micro to the macro. We’ll have a broader conversation. I want it to be an eye-opening thing.”
Constitution Day recognizes the signing of the Constitution by the framers on Sept. 17, 1787. Each year, Dalton State 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.